Laver Cup: Nick Kyrgios discusses what it's like playing for his frequent critic John McEnroe

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It's no secret that John McEnroe has been one of Nick Kyrgios' fiercest critics over the past few years so when the Aussie joined the Team World line-up, playing under captain McEnroe, some wondered how the pair would get along.

Last year, when Kyrgios retired injured from his US Open third round against Illya Marchenko, McEnroe said on ESPN: "Nick Kyrgios, if you don’t want to be a professional tennis player, do something else."

The American legend also previously hit out at Kyrgios' trick shots, saying: "He thinks he’s a vaudeville entertainer. I hope he learns from these bonehead moves... You don’t want to be remembered as a clown."

After last year's defeat to Andy Murray at Wimbledon, McEnroe said of Kyrgios: "He doesn't understand what it takes to be someone who wins Grand Slams at this level and that is unfortunate."
And when Kyrgios squandered a two-sets-to-love lead against Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open this year, McEnroe said: "What I don't understand, what I can't accept, is when he stops trying. It's a black eye for the sport."



But despite the history between the two, Kyrgios has lots of respect for the seven-time Grand Slam champion, and is happy to call him 'captain' during the Laver Cup this weekend in Prague.

"Obviously I know that the press kind of just take away what they wanna take away from what he says and that’s not completely what he’s saying all the time," said Kyrgios when asked about McEnroe on Thursday.

"So all I know is he’s an unbelievable tennis player, he’s achieved a lot of things, and everything he says to me I know he says because he only really cares. I know he wants to win and he’s a great captain to play for."

The Laver Cup commenced at 13:00 (Prague time, 15:00 Dubai time) on Friday with Francis Tiafoe of Team World, taking on Marin Cilic at the O2 Arena in the Czech capital.

Here's a look at the team line-ups:




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Laver Cup: Team Europe and Team World line-up for star-studded photocall ahead of Prague event

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Seeing stars: Federer, Nadal, Borg, Laver and McEnroe in the Czech capital.

The stars of the first-ever Laver Cup spent much of Wednesday taking in Prague's beautiful sights as the event, which takes place from September 22-24, 2017 at the O2 arena in the city, had its promotional lift-off.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - two great rivals who will play on the same side for Team Europe, led some of the world's best tennis players on a mini-tour of the iconic-looking Prague as Europe captain Bjorn Borg and Team World skipper John McEnroe also renewed their classic match-up.

READ: Reem Abulleil's full Laver Cup preview

Above, check out our gallery of the best pictures from the photocall.

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Maria Sharapova talks rivalry with Serena, how she'd like to bow out of the sport and more

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Maria Sharapova attends the premiere of 'Battle of the Sexes' in Los Angeles, California, on September 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has left no stone unturned in her new memoir "Unstoppable: My Life So Far", the book that was meant to have been released in 2016 in line with her scheduled retirement from the game.

However, following the former World No.1's 15-month drugs ban suspension handed out in June 2016 - she had to put the writing plans on hold before she returned to the tour in April of this year with more motivation than ever.

In an interview with Don Riddell for CNN World Sport, the 30-year-old opens up about her battle back from the ban and her tough journey from humble beginnings in Russia to developing into the superstar she became with the support of her father Yuri Sharapov as they moved to the famed Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida.


Sharapova also goes into detail about her 2004 Wimbledon victory over Serena Williams, her lopsided rivalry with the American legend and how she used to watch the Williams sisters from a peephole in a shed so they wouldn't see her observing their game.

"They were already grand slam champions at the time and just a few years later it was really as if someone took me and put me in a television screen and put me up against Serena Williams," she recalls.

Before failing a drugs test in January 2016, Sharapova was planning on retiring from tennis. But with everything that has happened, she has decided to continue so she can bow out of the sport on her own terms.

"I don't know if it's a Grand Slam, I don't know if it's another victory, I don't know if it's a personal victory. I don't know," she told CNN World Sport.

"I think we know so many things. We know scheduling, we know events, but all I know is things that I've achieved. I know all those things. I know what I'm capable of. I know how much desire I have. And I still feel like I have a lot to bring."

Full video courtesy of CNN


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