Andy Murray has hinted that Nick Kyrgios may need a psychologist to help purge his mental demons after the mercurial tennis ace departed Wimbledon in a state of shock.
The coachless Kyrgios admitted he didn’t know who to turn to after Murray thrashed him in straight sets in a fourth-round mismatch on Monday.
One of Kyrgios’s closest locker-room allies, Murray said the 21-year-old undoubtedly needed help of some sort after owing up to a mental meltdown on centre court.
“It’s about finding the right people to help you with different things,” Murray said after his brutal 7-5 6-1 6-4 win.
“For some, it may be a coach. For some, it might be a psychologist.
“Sometimes it might be speaking to family about stuff. There’s not one way of tackling it.
“But if you want to continue to get better, then you speak and listen to as many people as you can and take onboard the things you think will help you.
“But everyone’s different in terms of how they improve and address their problems.”
Murray, who has now beaten Kyrgios at all four grand slams over the past 18 months while conceding just one set, didn’t win his first grand slam title under he was 25 and said time was on the Australian’s side.
But the world No.2 warned Kyrgios to knuckle down and control his side of the net.
“You can’t always control what your opponent’s doing or how your opponent’s playing,” Murray said.
“But you can apply yourself to every single point and fight for every point, don’t give up any cheap games or anything like that.”
Murray, who has burned through a succession of coaches during his similarly turbulent career, admitted it wasn’t easy for tennis players to build the right team around them.
“Especially it’s hard because you’re responsible for the team that’s around you,” he said.
“In a way, you’re in charge because you’re the one that’s funding it, paying it.
“Sometimes some people might be telling you what they think they want you to hear rather than what you really need to hear.
“When you’re young, it isn’t that easy to make those decisions.
“Sometimes if you don’t think someone on your team is doing something right, when you’re 19, 20 years old, to tell someone who is 40: `Actually, you know, I think you could be pushing me, I don’t like it when you do this, that takes time to learn how to do that’.
“It’s not easy.”