Nick Kyrgios, the enfant terrible of tennis, has the right energy to win the French Open. Kyrgios has the proper set of tools, too. But does he have the self-discipline? That’s the only part of the Kyrgios package that hasn’t yet been proven — all the rest the young Australian has in surplus. Kyrgios, seeded 17th, faces Frenchman and 9th seed Richard Gasquet on Friday night at Roland Garros in what’s expected to be among the best of the early matches.
“It’s funny how we keep playing each other. And every time we play, the matches are pretty crazy,” said Gasquet, who despite his higher seed knows not to take Kyrgios lightly. The two memorably split victories in Wimbledon battles in 2014 and 2015. Gasquet leads the career series against Kyrgios 4-2. The Frenchman will have the crowd at Roland Garros in his corner, but outside the grounds fans are indicating that it’s Kyrgios’ time. The online gambling site oddschecker.com reports 77 percent of bets placed are backing Kyrgios against Gasquet.