The man who helped launch th career of Australian tennis hotshot Nick Kyrgios is returning home to head up Tennis New Zealand's High Performance programme.

Simon Rea who coached Kyrgios when he stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014 will officially be announced today.

Rea played Davis Cup for New Zealand before retiring and forging a strong coaching career with Tennis Australia.

Top New Zealand doubles player Michael Venus is excited by the news.


He says he's known Rea since he was a boy and he's extremely hard working.

An ankle injury has ruled Michael Venus out of the defence of his New Zealand Championship title starting today on Auckland's North Shore.

Listen: Michael Venus talks to Radio Sport's Matt Brown