Nick Kyrgios' shock reveal over tennis rival Holger Rune

The Australian has revealed who he would like to mentor on the ATP Tour.

Nick Kyrgios (pictured right) said he would like to potentially mentor Holger Rune (pictured left) at some point. (Getty Images)
Nick Kyrgios (pictured right) said he would like to potentially mentor Holger Rune (pictured left) at some point. (Getty Images)

Nick Kyrgios has revealed he would be willing to coach or mentor a rival on the ATP Tour and has surprised with his answer. Kyrgios wasn't able to compete at Melbourne Park after the 27-year-old withdrew before his first round match due to a knee injury.

Kyrgios provided an update on his recovery from the injury after posting a message of thanks to supporters from his hospital bed, having just undergone knee surgery. And on Saturday, during his recovery, Kyrgios responded to some questions on social media.

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One such question was whether Kyrgios would ever consider coaching or mentoring someone on the tour. And Kyrgios said there was a specific player in mind.

"Yes I would love this. The one person I want to help is Holger Rune," Kyrgios said. Rune rose to stardom last year when he won the Paris Masters Finals defeating Novak Djokovic.

The 19-year-old reached the fourth round of this year's Australian Open and is tipped to have a big year. However, the young Danish star has been involved in a number of incidents.

Last year, Stan Wawrinka and Rune were involved in a post-match incident. However, it appears Kyrgios is willing to help Rune develop and tennis reporter Jose Morgado agreed it would be an interesting pairing.

Bernard Tomic wishes Nick Kyrgios a speedy recovery

Kyrgios recently posted a photo after his surgery. Bernard Tomic appeared to extend an olive branch to his compatriot, by wishing Kyrgios a speedy recovery.

Kyrgios shared the comment from Tomic on his Instagram story, which was accompanied by a photo from the hospital the 27-year-old was staying at. “Despite our differences we go way back,” Tomic said. “Wishing (Nick) a quick recovery. Hope to see him back on the circuit soon.”

Kyrgios - who simply responded by saying "cheer bruh" - revealed that his post-operation recuperation began with watching Novak Djokovic's Australian Open masterclass against Alex de Minaur in the fourth round.

with AAP

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