Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley was confident that the Australian talent would flourish in the upcoming years. While the only current tennis competitor ranked in the top 50 is Samantha Stosur, who sits at no. 18 on the WTA rankings, he believes it is only a matter of time before the men’s side gets an opportunity to shine.
Australia has the likes of Bernard Tomic, who sits just outside of the top 50 at no. 51(No. 51), as well as rising talent Nick Kyrgios, the 18-year-old who became the junior world No. 1 junior and won the Australian Open boys’ title in 2013. Another potential homegrown talent is 17-year-old Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis, who was the world’s No. 10 ranked junior.
“Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are the two best players under the age of 20 in the world,” Tiley told the Courier Mail. “I say that for a number of reasons, including the respect I have for the comments of people like Pat Rafter, John McEnroe, Brad Gilbert and Paul Annacone about them.”Article Continues Below Ad
Tiley expressed high expectations for Nick Kyrgios, stating that the coaching staff has done a magnificent job developing the budding talent.
“Nick’s coach, Simon Rea, has done a magnificent job with him. He has jumped like 600 places this year. They are both tall, very athletic, love playing tennis, want to compete and have each other to compete against. There are other Australian players who are pushing them as well. Everyone is in place. They may make big jumps early. They have to be healthy, keep improving, keep having a good attitude.That’s up to them, but based on where they are, they are tracking to be future stars of the sport if they do the hard work.”