Tennis News: Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios

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How many hours a day do you find yourself surfing the interwebs, specifically Google, looking for news on such players as Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal? If you are anything like me, it might be 500 times or more. (OK, that’s not true. It’s probably a lot more.) But don’t worry you are not alone.

According to Google Analytics research, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz were two of the top seven most-searched athletes in the world in 2023. 24-time Grand Slam winner, including three this year, Djokovic was sixth while 2-time major winner, including winning Wimbledon this year, Alcaraz was seventh.

The athletes in front of the two tennis greats from first to fifth were NFL player Damar Hamlin, football/soccer player Kylian Mbappe, NFL player (and boyfriend of Taylor Swift) Travis Kelce, basketball player Ja Morant, and footballer Harry Kane. Hamlin isn’t all that surprising as he suffered a serious chest injury on the field in the 2022 season and made a comeback in 2023. Morant is a bit surprising because he isn’t the best player in the NBA.

Djokovic and Alcaraz get searched, and Kyrgios doesn’t need a coach

What we tennis fans need to do in 2024, however, is search more times for the excellent WTA players such as Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka. That there are only male athletes in the top 10 is a shame. Swiatek and Sabalenka deserve attention as much as Alcaraz and Djokovic.

In other news, Nick Kyrgios, who seems intent on making sure his body is right before he plays an ATP match again (meaning, he might not ever play at the professional level again), got some hefty advice from former Serena Williams coach, Rick Macci, recently. In an interview with Tennis Infinity, Macci advised Kyrgios to not change a thing and that the Australian does not need a coach.

Kyrgios currently coaches himself, which saves him money and likely proves he doesn’t truly like listening to people telling him what to do. Macci said that Kyrgios coaching himself seems to be working so why change? Working? Kyrgios hardly plays anymore and his motivation appears to wax and wane as much as the moon cycles.

Maybe Kyrgios simply needs a coach so the coach can get Kyrgios to play more. He is an exciting player who could be good for tennis. We just do not see him enough.

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