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Nick Kyrgios candidly opens up on 'having suicidal thoughts' at the Australian Open in 2020

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Nick Kyrgios candidly opens up on ‘having suicidal thoughts’ at the Australian Open three years ago… as the tennis star details his ‘darkest period’ when battling depression, along with alcohol and drug abuse

  • Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has discussed mental health on Instagram
  • In a lengthy post, Kyrgios described having ‘suicidal thoughts’ back in 2020
  • The 26-year-old reflected on abusing alcohol and drugs as he became ‘lonely’
  • For confidential support, call Samaritans on 116123 or see www.samaritans.org


Nick Kyrgios has revealed he self-harmed as he battled depression and alcohol and drug abuse at the Australian Open three years ago. 

In a candid Instagram post on Thursday, the 26-year-old reflected on having ‘suicidal thoughts’ at the 2020 Grand Slam and said he no longer trusted anyone as he ‘pushed away family and friends’.

Kyrgios has long been viewed as a divisive figure in the game of tennis but his raw confession about his mental health battle has detailed the ‘one of the darkest periods’ of his life and he has been praised for his honesty.

He hopes the post, which goes on to explain he is ‘completely turned around’, helps any of his ‘scared’ 1.8 million followers. 

‘This was me three years ago at the Australian Open. Most would assume I was doing OK mentally or enjoying my life… it was one of my darkest periods,’ Kyrgios wrote on Instagram, accompanied by a picture of him at training.

‘If you look closely, on my right arm you can see my self harm.

‘I was having suicidal thoughts and was literally struggling to get out of bed, let alone play in front of millions. 

‘I was lonely, depressed, negative, abusing alcohol, drugs, pushed away family & friends.

‘I felt as if I couldn’t talk or trust anyone.

‘This was a result of not opening up and refusing to lean on my loved ones and simply just push myself little by little to be positive.’ 

Nick Kyrgios (pictured at 2020 Australian Open) has opened up on his battle with alcohol and drug abuse, as well as depression which led to'suicidal thoughts' and him self-harming

Nick Kyrgios (pictured at 2020 Australian Open) has opened up on his battle with alcohol and drug abuse, as well as depression which led to ‘suicidal thoughts’ and him self-harming

The Australian tennis player has 1.8 million followers and urged them to speak out if'scared'

The Australian tennis player has 1.8 million followers and urged them to speak out if ‘scared’

He goes on to add: ‘I know that day to day life can seem extremely exhausting, impossible at times.

‘I understand that you feel if you open up it may make you feel weak, or scared.

‘I’m telling you right now, it’s OK, you are not alone.

‘I’ve been through those times when it seemed as if those positive energetic vibes were never ever going to be reality. 

‘I’m proud to say I’ve completely turned myself around and have a completely different outlook on everything, I don’t take one moment for granted.

Coco Gauff and 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott praised Kyrgios' candid message

Coco Gauff and 2022 Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott praised Kyrgios’ candid message

‘I want you to be able to reach your full potential and smile. This life is beautiful.’

American tennis sensation Coco Gauff, who has previously used her platform to discuss mental health in young people, commented with two love hearts and two prayer emojis. 

The post drew praise from 2022 Australian of the Year, Dylan Alcott, who wrote: ‘Big love brother. Beautiful post.’ 

Many fans labelled the emotional post as ‘inspirational’ from the Aussie player. 

News that Kyrgios is in a better place in his life will be welcomed by everyone and he showed it on court last month at the Australian Open.

Alongside close fried Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kyrgios went on an extraordinary run to win an unlikely doubles title.

Kyrgios (right) has said he is in a completely different space having now turned himself around

Kyrgios (right) has said he is in a completely different space having now turned himself around

Last month he won an Australian Open doubles title with close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis

Last month he won an Australian Open doubles title with close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details  

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