Nick Kyrgios admits to self-harming as he opens up on mental health struggles

Nick Kyrgios has opened up about his self-harm issues three weeks after his men’s doubles win at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

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Nick Kyrgios admitted to self-harming after opening up about his mental health struggles during a question and answer session with his fans on Instagram.

Known to be tennis Bad boy Kyrgios turned heads for all the right reasons last month after winning the Australian Open men’s doubles title alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis when they defeated Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in the final.

Despite this, things haven’t always been so successful for the Aussie during his time in the public eye, often encountering trouble both on and off the pitch.

Kyrgios has now opened up about his struggles via social media, after admitting to self-harming in his past.

Nick Kyrgios opened up about his mental health struggles

When asked how he deals with self-doubt from a fan, he replied, “No one knows what I’ve been through, all the struggle I’ve been through.

“I self-harmed, I was having dark thoughts about life. I always have my back and I have all the confidence in the world.

“I lean on my loved ones.”

The Australian burst onto the scene as a youngster at Wimbledon in 2014, beating Rafael Nadal and reaching the tournament quarter-finals as an unknown.

Kyrgios was destined for great things, and although he has won six ATP Tour titles and one Grand Slam doubles title, many in the tennis world would say the Australian has underperformed somewhat from his early career predictions.

The 26-year-old has undoubtedly caused plenty of controversy during his time on tour, with the Australian previously revealing that he had been through more than a few ups and downs in his playing career and personal life.

Kyrgios won the Australian Open men’s doubles title last month.



He commented, “My relationship with my family was not very good a few years ago because I was always away and didn’t have my family around me.

“I was winning, losing, going through relationship issues, dealing with other issues and I was pushing them away because you feel like the world is against you.

“I pushed away everyone who was close to me and got into fights with people and that is something I would never want again.

“I go abroad seven months a year in a new place every week.”

He went on to add that the only real challenge a professional tennis player faces is the mental difficulty that comes with it: “That’s why tennis is so difficult in my opinion.

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“The mind game is ridiculous. Physically, you have to be an absolute animal.

“What other sport do you have to play for more than three hours, possibly seven times in two weeks? It does not happen.

Kyrgios has been through a career of ups and downs.

However, despite a difficult time, things seemed to have improved for Kyrgios in recent weeks after securing a Grand Slam title on the court and finding happiness with his new partner, Costen Hatzi.

Following his final win in Melbourne, he said: “I’ve won some big titles around the world, I’ve played some amazing matches. This one ranks [No] 1 for me

“It’s been a tough couple of years. I had Covid a week before the Australian Open and my team and my beautiful girlfriend took care of me.

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