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Homesick Kyrgios Is Leaving Melbourne For Hometown Canberra






Australian Nick Kyrgios is set for a surprising change of coaches as the teenager blasts his way to prominence at Wimbledon. Melbourne's Age reports that the No. 144 who stunned Rafael Nadal in a fourth-round upset will be forced to change coaches after deciding to return to his family home in the sleepy capital of Canberra.

Kyrgios had been living in Melbourne and working with Tennis Australia coaches but has apparently decided that his close family ties mean the most to him at the moment. He is almost certain to part with mentor Simon Rea, who would not be in a position to move his own base.

Kyrgios, who has risen from nearly 850 in the world to his new place inside the top 100 in a year and a half, is extremely close to his Greek father and Malaysian mother and has reportedly not been happy while away for long periods in Melbourne at the National Tennis Centre.

ďI canít say more how much everyone in the Kyrgios family and management team appreciate Simonís personal commitment," said a representative of Kyrgiosís UK-based management, ďIt (splitting with Rea) is a risk, but it was a decision that took time to make, it wasnít taken lightly, and we definitely believe itís the right one.

ďIt was Nickís decision, not the familyís or ours. It was his decision that he wanted to change because of x, y and z, and then he spoke to Simon. And Simon, just as heís been all along, has been exceptionally understanding." Kyrgios is the youngest of three children and is said to be much happier closer to his nearest and dearest.


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