He has been flying solo for more than three months but fellow professional Matthew Ebden believes Nick Kyrgios should not be in an urgent rush to find a new coach.
Kyrgios is yet to appoint a replacement after parting ways with coach Todd Larkham in June, less than a week before Wimbledon.
Recently Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has helped mentor Kyrgios, and the 20-year-old world no.30 has experienced up and down results since Larkham’s departure.
Ebden, who will play in next week’s Canberra International said contingencies would have been put in place by the Kyrgios camp and there was no need to rush into a decision.
“I spoke to Nick’s agent at Wimbledon about it and, at the end of the day, the coach has to be someone you respect and have fun with,” Ebden said.
“You spend a lot of time with them during the year, and you have to enjoy it.
“As long as he finds someone he likes being around working on his game and loving life, there’s not much more you can ask.
“There’s been coaches out there who have been a brother or ex players, even people who have never played have been coaches.
“There’s no exact formula for it, it’s about finding someone you work with.
“There’s a pretty good set up at TA to help in that regard, he’d definitely have people with him guiding and assisting him.
“Maybe he doesn’t want a coach, maybe he just wants a fitness trainer for a while but I’m sure he’ll work it out sooner rather than later.”
Ebden agreed the fact Kyrgios uses his home town of Canberra as his training base gives the capital scope to be a future training hub for the country’s leading players before the Australian Open.
Tennis ACT is also bidding to host Australia’s next Davis Cup tie in early March.
“As a player for a training base you need your coaches and fitness trainers around, good facilities and training partners,” he said.
“You can take those variables anywhere in the world and make a hub or training base.
“There’s no reason why Canberra can’t grow in that regard, with Nick there the more activity there the better for him to train as well.”
The world no.128 will use the Canberra International Challenger tournament as another chance to boost his rating and secure an automatic Australian Open berth.
He is also hopeful of working his way back into Australia’s Davis Cup team, where he boasts an undefeated record in five matches.
“Hopefully I have a few more years of that, for sure,” the 27-year-old said. “The best thing is we have plenty of options, we have seven or eight players who could be picked.”
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