'GOOD KID': Coach Sebastien Grosjean says Australia's Nick Kyrgios is willing to work on his game.
'GOOD KID': Coach Sebastien Grosjean says Australia's Nick Kyrgios is willing to work on his game. Kirsty Wigglesworth

Coach says Kyrgios is willing to listen to advice

SEBASTIEN Grosjean says Nick Kyrgios is a work in progress as he attempts to overcome injury frustrations.

With Kyrgios due to consult a Melbourne specialist about his injured left hip, Grosjean says the Australian is smart and willing to listen.

"He's listening, he's listening,” Grosjean said at the All England Club, where Kyrgios was forced to retire after only two sets because of the hip problem.

"It's a process. He knows there's a lot of expectation.

"He's smart. He loves the game, he knows a lot of things - you would be surprised.

"He likes to have fun, go on court, make games and work on little things.

"He's a good kid.”

Former grand slam semi-finalist Grosjean has been in Kyrgios' corner since February.

The Frenchman says Kyrgios needs to become stronger overall to avoid injury and deliver on rich potential.

"It's going to take time,” Grosjean. "But he's willing to work and listen.”

Kyrgios posted images of himself working out on a gym after his disappointing Wimbledon departure.

The Canberran is due to defend the Atlanta title in two weeks, but it is uncertain if he will be fit to play.

Kyrgios' struggles with injury continue as Rafael Nadal credits doubts as a driving force behind his 2017 renaissance.

Without a major for three years until last month's thunderous French Open victory, Nadal said he benefited from negative situations.

"In my opinion, doubts are good,” he said. "It's normal to have doubts on everything..

"It's normal to have doubts in life. In sport it's exactly the same, no?

"When you are not playing well, when I had more injuries than I would like, it's normal to have doubts. And I did.

"And I tell you one thing, if I had doubts when I was winning almost every match, how can I not have doubts when I am in a bad situations, no?

"I was very good when I was young. When you are older sometimes you have more, a little bit more scared about things.

"When you are younger, everything is new so you have the energy.”



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