Nick Kyrgios is charismatic and good for tennis: Eugenie Bouchard

Sep 01, 2015, 08:45 IST | A Correspondent

While the rest of the tennis world remain critical of Aussie bad boy Kyrgios  Canadian ace Bouchard sings his praise, insisting he is good for the game

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios may be viewed by the all as the bad boy of the game given his recent comment to Stanislas Wawrinka in Montreal.

Nick Kyrgios and Eugenie Bouchard
Nick Kyrgios and Eugenie Bouchard 

Kyrgios told Wawrinka on court that fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis had "banged" his girlfriend, and the issue instantly became global sporting headlines, drawing a lot of crticisim towards Kyrgios who was later handed a suspended fine and sentence by ATP.

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard however, insists that Kyrgios is good for the game. It is learnt that most backroom discussions revolved around the 20-year-old Kyrgios, who is to take on World No 3 Andy Murray in the first round tomorrow.

Kyrgios has approached Bouchard to be his mixed doubles partner in the tournament if they can manage to win a wildcard, that is. And Bouchard said that she was never in doubt about accepting his offer despite the Australian's recent controversy.

"He's a great up and coming player and really interesting and at the end of the day, he's good for the game and I think he brings something different," said the 21-year-old Canadian about Kyrgios.

The 2014 Wimbledonj finalist went on to add that she is particularly impressed with Kyrgios' persona and that the tennis world needed more people like him.

"Nick is energetic and charismatic and that's a really unique thing that we don't have so much on the tour. So, I think we need people like him on the tour," added Bouchard.

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