Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, is checked by a trainer before the start of the third set against Illya Marchenko, of Ukraine, during the US Open.
Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, is checked by a trainer before the start of the third set against Illya Marchenko, of Ukraine, during the US Open. Julio Cortez

Kyrgios in social media stoush with Rasheed

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios has picked another fight - this time with experienced Australian coach Roger Rasheed.

Rasheed questioned why Kyrgios, who was suffering with a hip injury, played doubles at the US Open.

The 21-year-old Aussie also copped scathing criticism from seven-time grand slam winner John McEnroe after the injury forced him to retire after losing the second and third sets to Illya Marchenko in the third round at Flushing Meadows.

Kyrgios and Dan Evans reached the third round of the doubles in New York before withdrawing from the event.

"John McEnroe takes a stab, I understand. Roger Rasheed haha maybe not so much. I got to ur (your) career high when I was 18 ... ease up champ,” Kyrgios tweeted.

Earlier in the week Rasheed again called for Kyrgios to get a full-time coach, believing this could have helped manage the pre-existing injury.

"This is the difference between having a coach and not having a coach,” Rasheed told Sky Sports Radio.

"If you were looking after Nick in this situation, you would say 'okay, you're playing singles, on the days off there's no doubles'.

"You may not even hit on those days because we're looking after your body so you can play singles and play it effectively.”

McEnroe questioned Kyrgios's passion for the sport, suggesting a lack of focus in preparation may have led to the injury.

"Nick Kyrgios, if you don't want to be a professional tennis player, do something else,” McEnroe said while commentating on US television.

"He's hurt because he's not training enough.”

Rasheed, who has previously coached Lleyton Hewitt, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Grigor Dimitrov, hinted he was interested in mentoring Kyrgios last December.

Australia's No.2 singles player Bernard Tomic questioned Rasheed's credentials after the coach suggested Tomic played without passion.

Rasheed tried to defuse the situation saying his quotes may have been taken out of context.

"I'm a fan of what he can do, and could do, in the sport,” he said.

"My positives are about a way that could have allowed him to potentially extend his journey in the US Open.”



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