Philippoussis "intrigued” by Kyrgios coaching situation

Mark Philippoussis could be the man to tame Nick Kyrgios.
Mark Philippoussis could be the man to tame Nick Kyrgios. DAN HIMBRECHTS

NICK Kyrgios says he is not looking for a full-time coach but Mark Philippoussis admits he could throw his hat in the ring to handle the superbrat if that situation changes.

Philippoussis, who will be in India with Kyrgios for the International Premier Tennis League over the next few weeks, told Fox Sports he was "intrigued” by the possibility of working with the controverisal Aussie.

"He's someone that's very intriguing to think about coaching, of course,” Philippoussis said.

"But you've got to know what's involved and be sure that you're ready for that ...

"For me to be away from my family, it's got to be for good reason. I would like the person to listen to me. So we'll see.

"I know him and I think it's very important for him to pick the coach and for him to say he's ready to have a coach. It's not going to work if his agent or his manager picks a coach for him.”

Philippoussis, someone compared to Kyrgios as a player who ws an unfulfilled talent, said he thought the wolrd No.13 could easily move into the top five if he changed his attiude and his game.

"It (coaching him) is a very interesting thought, because I know what he's capable of and, to be quite honest, I know what he's going through at stages because I've gone through the same thing,” he said.

"If anyone can understand what he's coming from on a personal level, and what he's going through, I believe it's me because I guarantee I've been there.

"I believe that I could definitely help him but also his game, because as good as he is and as talented as he is, there's still room for improvement.”

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