Nick Kyrgios has confessed that his ‘sexual frustration’ left him too ‘horny’ to play tennis when the game took him away from his first girlfriend.
The controversial Australian tennis star was brutally upfront about how playing on the international circuit for months at a time saw him disconnect with family and loved ones on the latest episode of his new podcast, No Boundaries.
Kyrgios, 26, also admitted relationship woes caused by being apart from girlfriends affected his on-court performance.
‘With my first girlfriend, I was away from her for six months at a time,’ he said.
Nick Kyrgios (pictured with on-off girlfriend Chiara Passari) has opened up on how played abroad seven months a year played a toll on his relationships
‘When you’re trying to perform at the highest level, you start missing someone like emotionally, physically and it becomes a sexual frustration.
‘I’m on court and I can’t play because I’m a bit horny if you know what I mean.
‘It doesn’t matter if you’re in an office job. If you’re not seeing you’re significant other, it affects you, your work, your mood, everything.
‘I was the moodiest mother****** when I was away from from my missus for that long.’
Once ranked as high as 13 in the world, Kyrgios also revealed being in different time zones previously placed strained his family and caused him to disconnect.
‘My relationship with my family wasn’t great a few years ago because I was always away and didn’t have my family around me,’ he said.
‘I was winning, losing, going through relationship problems, dealing with other problems and I was pushing them away because you feel like the world’s against you.
‘I pushed everyone who was close to me away and I fell out with people and that’s something I’d never want again.’
Nick Kyrgios (left) admitted his relationship with his family (pictured) ‘wasn’t great’ a few years ago
Kyrgios had no sympathy for footy stars moaning about being holed up in quarantine hubs during the Covid-19 pandemic and insists tennis players have it tougher than many other professional athletes.
‘You have AFL guys complaining about that they have to do a one month bubble in Australia and I’m like dude I’m going seven months a year abroad in a new place every week and I’m like, what the f***.
‘That’s why tennis is so hard in my opinion. The mental game is ridiculous. Physically, you have to be an absolute animal.
‘What other sport do you have to play for three plus hours possibly seven times in two weeks? It doesn’t happen.
‘I’m pretty sure that why I lost ‘f****** marbles.’
Nick Kyrgios (right) was candidly honest and upfront in his latest No Boundaries podcast
Kyrgios claimed he’s no longer obsessed with tennis and is much more selective about the tournaments he wants to compete in.
‘No one would really believe how obsessed I was. You look at me now, obviously I’m not obsessed as I was. I was like everyday seven hours of training and watching plays on YouTube. It was never never ending for years,’ he said.
‘I’m happy this way. I love enjoying and doing this sort of stuff (the podcast) with you guys rather then being in Paris right now and playing for the 33rd week of the season.’
He also opened up of how his life changed forever also making the 2014 Wimbledon quarter finals as an 19-year-old.
‘I had reporters camping outside my house in Canberra for days and since my moment, my life was never same,’ he said.
Kyrgios also briefly addressed and laughed off the media furore sparked by last week’s podcast when he called for the Australian Open to be scrapped.
He originally leapt to the defence of rival Novak Djokovic, who may not be able to defend his Australian Open crown in January due to a new vaccination mandate for players.
But the tennis star later took to Instagram to clarify his stance, claiming some of his comments on the podcast were ‘taken out of context’.
‘I pushed everyone who was close to me away and I fell out with people and that’s something I’d never want again,’ Nick Kyrgios (pictured with his mum) said
He then completely reversed his position on unvaccinated tennis stars coming from overseas to compete – saying they shouldn’t be allowed to enter Australia
‘Tennis has been a big part of my life for 15 years plus and I’ve given myself a lot of sacrifice every single day to this sport and I love it,’ Kyrgios explained to his 1.7 million Instagram followers.
‘To say I want the Australian Open cancelled, I think that was the sentence that got taken out of context.
‘It’s more so for the people of Melbourne, who have gone through hell and back. I think it’s been nearly 300 days of lockdown and your freedom has been taken away from you.’
‘I don’t think it’s morally right to accept players from overseas that aren’t vaccinated to come into our country.’
Nick Kyrgios (pictured with on-off girlfriend Chiara Passari) is much more selective about the tournament he competes in