Paris: Enigmatic Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has laughed off suggestions he should quit social media to focus on his game after Australian great and Wimbledon winner Pat Cash urged the young star to take his match preparation more seriously.
Australian Nick Kyrgios
Kyrgios refuted suggestion that his social media habits are distracting him from tennis, reports Xinhua.
"Haha, 'ditch social media,' can people keep their opinions to themselves please. Leave me alone. This is my last tweet for you Cashy," the World No 19 tweeted yesterday.
Earlier, Cash suggested the 21-year-old delete his Twitter account, use that social media time to practice harder, and stop reading newspapers to make a push into tennis' top 10.
He said Kyrgios' interaction with his 1,57,000 Twitter followers was only taking time off preparing for big matches, such as those at the ongoing French Open.
"Everything that wasn't involved in me improving as a tennis player was a distraction to me," Cash said, speaking of his own experience.
"So I just focused on being the best I could be. That (meant) working hard," Cash said. "I did less and less media and I wasn't all that popular doing that, but in the end you walk away and get invited to events (held for former grand slam winners).
"I've got my name on a couple of (winners') boards somewhere, that's what I play for, to be successful and be the best I can be. It'd be a pity for Nick not to do that," he added.