Nick Kyrgios may have found a new coach.
Nick Kyrgios may have found a new coach. KIKO HUESCA

Kyrgios reportedly ready to sign coach

NICK Kyrgios's long search for a tennis coach is closer to an end with a report that he will work part-time in Europe with Frenchman Sebastian Grosjean.

The French sporting newspaper L'Equipe reported Kyrgios, 22, would start being coached by Grosjean as soon as the Italian Open this week.

Kyrgios has a first round match in Rome on tonight (Australian time) against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

The French Open starts on Sunday week in Paris.

Kyrgios has beaten most of the top 10 players in world tennis except Andy Murray without the full time travelling coach that most of his rivals employ.

The Australian No.1 beat Novak Djokovic twice on hardcourts in March.

Grosjean has been off the tour for five years and reached a career high ranking of No.4 in 2002.

Now 39, the stylish right-hander reached the semi-finals of three Grand Slam events in his career, the Australian and French Opens and Wimbledon.

Kyrgios has preferred in the past two years to hold on appointing a full-time coach as he has enjoyed the freedom of running his own race more in training.

Kyrgios's limitations on clay were shown up by Rafael Nadal in Madrid last week when he won four games from the great Spaniard.

Kyrgios was reported to have been suffering from a hip injury in Madrid last week but was still in the draw for Rome last night.

News Corp Australia


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