Nick Kyrgios has been outdone by John McEnroe in an Express Sport poll after joining the Eurosport commentary team at the Australian Open. The former Wimbledon finalist has been sidelined by injuries for the better part of 16 months. After he was forced to pull out of the first Major of the year, he came to Melbourne Park in a new role. And now tennis fans have voted McEnroe as the best pundit over newcomer Kyrgios.
Kyrgios has been sidelined since the end of 2022, returning for just one match last summer which he lost. The former world No. 13 has been plagued by knee and wrist injuries and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at the beginning of last year. As he continues his rehab and recovery, he has turned his attention to a new temporary role in tennis.
The 28-year-old has taken up commentary in recent months, first joining America’s Tennis Channel for the ATP Finals before he was hired as part of the Eurosport team at the recent Australian Open. Kyrgios spent hours in the commentary booth – including for the final between Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev.
While his insights went down well with fans, he still lost out to McEnroe when it came to fans’ favourite TV analyst. 44 per cent of Express Sport readers voted the American seven-time Grand Slam champion as the best Australian Open pundit.
Kyrgios was in second place with 28 per cent. The Australian entertained fans with his inside stories, including one of him revealing that he and Novak Djokovic sent memes to each other almost every day. Kyrgios also explained why he thought Medvedev was a “terrible” player as a youngster after seeing him at a 2013 Roehampton junior event.
“One guy for me that I thought was going to be horrific was Medvedev actually,” he revealed. I was like the dominant junior and I was like, this guy is terrible. The worst technique I’ve ever seen. I honestly said this guy should just give it up. There’s no way he’s going to make it work. Now former world No. 1 and Grand Slam champion.”