“I can’t speak for him but if it was me it would be tough having that ban hanging over you,” Newcombe told The Age.
“But I guess you’ve just got to learn to zip up.”
Kyrgios’ absence from the tour has been in part due to injury but he returned to action last month at the Davis Cup for Australia.
But after playing two group matches to help his country into the quarter-finals, he pulled out of the clash with Canada with an injury.
It ultimately proved costly as his replacement John Millman lost to Vasek Pospisil in the singles and Canada won the deciding doubles match.
And Newcombe reckons Kyrgios’ shoulder issues mean he his hopes of winning the Australian Open are slim.
“I thought it was great that Nick played in the Davis Cup,” Newcombe said.
“After fighting back from injury he had a great second half of this year so 2020 looks like being really good for him,” he said.
“He’s a probable top 15 and hopefully top 12 or 10 as long as he can stay injury-free as every question asked of him he’s come up wit the right answers.
“But I can’t see him contending in a grand slam the next 12 months, that’s a little quick – I think he’s a couple of years away from that.
“I would think Alex would be playing his best tennis around 25 or 26 years of age.”
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