Kyrgios is currently serving an eight-week suspension for what was deemed 'lack of best efforts' after he seemed to give up towards the end of his second-round match with Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
It was just another controversy to surround the Aussie, who has garnered as many column inches on the front pages as the back.
However, the 21-year-old has enjoyed his best year as a professional, with three tournament wins under his belt, and will go into the year's first Grand Slam with an outside chance of glory.
There are always warm-up events Down Under ahead of the Melbourne Park showpiece and Kyrgios will be clear to play in them, with Newcombe, who won the Australian Open twice in his stellar career, suggesting his compatriot will not suffer as a consequence of his indiscretion.
"Nick seems to be the type of player that can find form really quickly," he said. "I think Nick will come on fine as long as he's physically fit.
"I think he'll do really well in the Australian Open and all things being equal I wouldn't be surprised to see Nick in the top six by the end of 2017."