Despite the 2016 season ending in a tour ban for Nick Kyrgios, Rafael Nadal believes that he can go on to become better and continue his rise to glory in 2017.
Mischa Zverev had defeated Kyrgios 6-3 6-1 which resulted in the ATP suspension. The Australian youngster later on apologized for his actions.
The 21-year old had seen a wonderful career this year as he rose up the world rankings to sit at the No. 13 position in the tennis world and Rafael Nadal believes he can even do better.
The young Australian has shown his potential as a player headed for the top-10, as he featured in the quarterfinals of both the Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
However, he has been involved in many controversies of recent and is beginning to gain a negative reputation as the ‘bad boy’ of men tennis.
Nadal however believes that it would take the young man’s head being in the right place for him to excel since he already has the much-needed talent.
"Kyrgios is already at the top, a player who has unbelievable potential.
"If he has focus on himself, he can become world number one and win a Grand Slam."
For Thanasi Kokkinkis, who has been injured for a major part of the year with pectoral problems and shoulder issues, the past 12 months had seen him with a stuttering career.
But Nadal is of the notion that once the young man can successfully come out of injury, he would go far.
"You will need to see how Kokkinakis will evolve," added Nadal.
"He suffered an injury and we don’t know how he will come back, but he has potential to be at the top."