While Kyrgios was getting into trouble in Montreal, world No. 3 Murray was beating Novak Djokovic to win the title.
“I think that’s where he’s played his best tennis throughout his career and I think last year he’d only won one or two matches outside of the grand slams through the whole year”.
“I’ll tailor my practices the next few days around his game style”.
The other stuff he refers to, of course, has dominated discussions in the press rooms around the Tour over the past few weeks.
Steve Healy, the president of Tennis Australia, expresses support for Kyrgios without condoning his actions.
Vekic was quoted this week as saying it was “ridiculous” that Kyrgios had not been banned for the incident.
The girlfriend referred to was the WTA player Donna Vekic of Croatia and on Saturday, as he looked back on the events of the past month, Kyrgios said he had not anticipated the furore when he opened his mouth on court.
Judy, who will attend the US Open as a Sky Sports analyst, said: “Kyrgios is a risky player”.
“I’m not necessarily about coming out in favour, (but) he’s a young guy”, Murray said. All the guys here when they were 19 or 20 made mistakes.
“It’s unfortunate for him that when it happens it’s in front of millions of people”. People mature at different rates.
“Not everyone’s the same”.
“I am really happy with all of my team that have stuck with it and pushed me and managed to get me back playing close to the top of the game”. Just a little bit of patience is important when it comes to Nick.
Murray is unusual in the nearly mentor-like role he has taken on with Kyrgios and his fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, practising with them and generally offering his advice on life growing up in the spotlight.
Kyrgios will have to be on his best behaviour in Flushing Meadows for the sanctions not to be activated, but Murray rejected the suggestion his opponent could struggle with the usual bravado removed. His example is one that Murray has followed.
Kyrgios strikes you as a player who needs to be loved despite doing everything in his power to make that tough.
Murray said he did not expect Kyrgios to be affected by all the negative attention. “There are obviously positives and negatives to that”. “I feel healthier, I feel calmer, I feel more relaxed”.
“I played well, I played smart tennis”, Murray said.
Murray said he had not thought about whether playing Kyrgios would be his toughest first-round match.
Third-seeded Murray, who defeated Djokovic in the Montreal final, faces number 37 Nick Kyrgios, the talented 20-year-old Australian who is on ATP probation after making a crude personal remark to Stan Wawrinka on court. After her earlier match, she had given a brief interview to the New York Submit by which she stated “He [Kyrgios] didn’t get suspended”. “I have no clue”. When we played in that match, we played quite late and it was cold and windy. “I haven’t spoken or discussed any of that at all with anyone, because the priority is the child – not my tennis and how it’s going to affect that”. “He has just missed out on a seeding”.
The British number one has beaten him twice this year but Kyrgios has previously seen off both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. I’ll go about it in the best way possible by getting all the tactics and everything sorted.