Former Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis seems to be tipping Nick Kyrgios to win the Australian Open in January at Melbourne Park, although he did not endorse Kyrgios unequivocally by any means.
That would be foolhardy, to say the least, as there is plenty of time betwixt now and then for Kyrgios to receive a ban for one reason or another, although even he might be hard pressed to do so with nothing but the Hobart Cup on his horizon.
He has the talent, though, says Philippoussis, along with the pace and an uncanny ability to create shots that completely defy the imagination.
Kyrgios has been an unquestionable talent, as his current world ranking would indicate, but until he learns to ignore impulses such as the tank job he pulled at the Shanghai Masters that got him banned in the first place, he will forever be subject to meltdowns that hamper his success.
No one is suggesting that Kyrgios needs to be as unflappable as Roger Federer, after all, some tennis fans many remember a mercurial American named McEnroe who managed to win and still express himself, but it would be a hard task to name three more who had any success of that sort.