Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has offered some attitude tips to tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios after his first-round exit at the US Open.
Kyrgios came under fire from John McEnroe who criticised his “bonehead” shot selection in his loss to Andy Murray.
Warne urged Kyrgios to respect tennis and not waste his talent.
“You’re testing our patience mate, show us what you’re made of & how hungry you are to be the best in the world, it’s time to step up & start winning, no excuses,” Warne posted on Facebook.
“We all realise you’re only 20 and have a lot to learn buddy. But please don’t waste your talent, everyone in the world, especially us Australians want to respect u.”
Kyrgios was criticised for his audacious shot selection during his 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-1 loss to Murray.
Warne said the way people learn from mistakes was a demonstration of true character.
“No shame in losing, but show us you will never give up, that you will give it everything to be the best you can be,” Warne wrote.
“I believe in you & know you can do it, but now’s the time my friend.”