Nick Kyrgios has enjoyed his enforced time out of the game.
Nick Kyrgios has enjoyed his enforced time out of the game. Chung Sung-Jun

Kyrgios following ATP orders, seeing psychologist

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios says his enforced absence from the ATP Tour has given him time to reflect on his future and what he has to do turn his career around.

Kyrgios was banned and fined for tanking against German Mischa Zverev in October.

That was the last straw for the ATP, after a string of misdemeanours from the 21-year-old.

After an initial eight-week suspension, Kyrgios had his band reduced to three weeks, provided he saw a psychologist.

He told Fox Sports he had carried out ATP orders and said he had benefited from his time away from the game.

"The ATP wanted me to see a psychologist to help me out and I've been doing that,” said Kyrgios, who is playing in the International Premier Tennis League in India.

"It's actually been good. I'm just relaxing a little bit, spending more time with my family and my girlfriend (fellow Australian player Ajla Tomljanovic) as well.

"So the suspension, one way to look at it, is getting more time off with the people you love and I've been training as well, so it's set me up in good stead for 2017.”

Kyrgios said he still was not looking for a full-time coach but said he could work with former Australian star Mark Philippoussis, who last week said he could be interested in mentoring the firebrand.

"We've got a lot of similarities on the court,” he said. "He plays big and he's had a lot of ups and downs in his career as well and I think he's learned a lot.

"He's a great guy and caring. He's always been there for me. So maybe (I'd consider him as coach) but at this stage I'm not really looking for anyone.

"I've got a great strength and conditioner who's looking after me. I'm just going to take some more time I guess.”

Fourteen-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal also took time out to praise the young Australian, saying Kyrgios had it in him to be a potential world. No.1 and win a grand slam title.

"When potentially one of the greatest of all time says something like that about you, it's a good feeling,” the Aussie said.

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