July 12, 2014 / 5:05 AM / 3 years ago

Rising Australian talent Kyrgios splits with coach Rea

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men's singles quarter-final tennis match against Milos Raonic of Canada at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 2, 2014.Max Rossi

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rising talent Nick Kyrgios has confirmed his split with coach Simon Rea to spend more time at his Canberra home, the Australian teenager said on Saturday.

The 19-year-old, who took Wimbledon by storm by beating then-world number one Rafa Nadal on the way to the quarter-finals, had worked with New Zealander Rea since winning the 2013 Australian Open junior singles title.

Governing body Tennis Australia will continue to have a heavy influence over the prodigy's development, with Davis Cup coach Josh Eagle and Canberra-based academy coach Todd Larkham taking over in a tandem arrangement.

"My desire to be at home more in Canberra, when I am not at tournaments has driven me to make the decision for change within my team," the world number 66 Kyrgios said in a statement.

"Not only is Simon a great coach but he is a great person and I wish him all the best in the next phase of his coaching career."

Kyrgios plays his next tournament at the ATP 1000 in Toronto next month.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O'Brien

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