Posted: 18 October, 2016
by Triple M Brisbane
Sports Psychologist Says Lack Of Mentorship Impacting Kyrgios
One of Australia’s foremost Performance Psychologists Dr Phil Jaunty has weighed in on Kyrgios' ban citing a lack of education and poor mentorship as the possible cause for his behaviour.
“When you’re under a lot of pressure, the real you comes out..." he said.
"What happens is when you’re under pressure, you do what deep down you think is okay."
"Firstly he was under a lot of pressure, he was tired, so he didn’t put the normal buffers into place to control his behaviour."
"On the other hand, why did he find it acceptable to do it on the court, and certainly during the press conference?"
"He needs a little education, when fans pay good money to come and see you play, you owe it to them to give them some money’s worth."
Dr Phil Jaunty says Kygrios' behaviour could be relative to the fact he doesn't seem to have an objective mentor around him.
"In most other sports you have coaches and people around you to say 'hey, cool it, don’t go there'," he said.
"I think he doesn't understand why people are annoyed."
"What happens in tennis, because it's such a lonely sport, and especially as a male teenager, you don't get a lot of that help along the way. "