Nick Kyrgios slates training technique of British No. 4: “Not relevant to any tennis player”


Controversial Australian bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios has taken to social media to slam a training drill employed by one of Britain’s most promising young tennis stars


Kyrgios responded to a video post showing Jay Clarke practising on a grass court using a training technique which involved hitting numerous forehand shots without letting the ball bounce on the grass.

Kyrgios said on his personal Twitter account that he always thought this type of training wasn’t relevant and wasn’t useful for tennis players as it doesn’t allow you to adapt to the surface you are playing on.

One of the the other people involved in the training then shot back at Kyrgios on Twitter to say that the drill was just meant to improve fitness and wasn’t meant to be a specific training exercise to help improve Clarke’s grass court play, but that he would be doing plenty of practise on grass as well.

Kyrgios’s last outing was at the Rome ATP 1000 tournament where he was disqualified for throwing a chair across the court during one of his matches. Kyrgios apologised for his behaviour. He was then supposed to play at the French Open but, after commenting on how much he disliked the French Open tournament, he then pulled out before he was due to play British No. 2 Cameron Norrie.

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.