Andy Murray commented on what will be one of the most anticipated first round matches of the US Open, his clash Tuesday against embattled Nick Kyrgios.
The brash Australian has been under fire this month for comments he made about Stan Wawrinka’s girlfriend. Kyrgios was fined and put on probation, and now he’ll be in the spotlight again when he faces Murray.
“I don’t think he’s a bad guy,” Murray told the BBC. “He’s just got to learn a little bit and he’ll be fine.
“What happened a few weeks ago was wrong. I don’t defend that and I’m sure he knows it was wrong now as well.
“But he’s also an extremely young guy who’s still learning about himself and how to behave in certain situations.
“He’s made some mistakes but I just think that it’s important to remember we’re all human beings.”
Murray has won all three meetings with Kyrgios. It’s also their third meeting in a Slam this year.
“He’s an unbelievably talented guy with a lot of potential. He’s going to be around the top of the game for a while. I just think a little bit of patience is important when it comes to Nick because he’s a young guy and it isn’t easy growing up in the spotlight.”
Murray won the US Open in 2012. He has won four titles since wedding longtime girlfriend Kim Sears in April.
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