Hewitt: Kyrgios in talks with coaching options

Fox in the box – Nenad Krsticic

Nick Kyrgios is in talks with several options to become the troubled tennis player’s new coach, Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has revealed.

Kyrgios’ need for a mentor to harness his natural talent again became apparent at the Australian Open after he suffered a mental breakdown during his second round defeat to Andreas Seppi.

Despite his troubles, Kyrgios has managed to rise as high as 13 in the world rankings, without a coach in his corner.

But two-time Grand Slammer winner Hewitt believes that it will be a huge benefit to the 21-year-old if he chooses to work with a new coach.

"He is actually speaking to one or two guys at the moment coaching-wise. If he's able to get them it's going to be a pretty good fit for Nick," Hewitt told SEN radio ahead of this weekend’s Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic.

"It is incredible but that is his talent, too, that he can get nearly to the top 10 in the world without a coach.

“Unless he fully believes in it and buys into having that coach, it's not going to work anyway.

"He has got to want to go out there and enjoy working with them and trust what they're saying day in day out, otherwise it won't work.

"We've had some chats about it and I think he's on the right path at the moment in trying to find one."