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Nick Kyrgios admits to 'self-harming' as tennis star makes harrowing confession

Daily Express logo Daily Express 13/02/2022 Tom Parsons

Nick Kyrgios has admitted he has self-harmed in the past after being asked on social media how he handles self-doubt. Kyrgios and his doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis lifted the Australian Open trophy last month after defeating Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in the final.

Kyrgios has had an eventful career in tennis and has never been far away from the headlines over the years.

But he has severely low points, as he explained to his followers on social media.

"No one knows what I've gone through, all the struggle I've overcome," Kyrgios wrote on Instagram this weekend.

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

"I lean on my loved ones."

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Nick Kyrgios © GETTY Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios is currently placed at No 122 in the tennis world rankings but was as high as No 13 in 2016.

The 26-year-old has won six ATP titles throughout his career and has reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon singles events in the past.

But the talented ace has previously revealed how challenging he has found life on the tour at times.

"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," Kyrgios said last year.

"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.


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"I pushed everyone who was close to me away and I fell out with people and that's something I'd never want again.

"I'm going seven months a year abroad in a new place every week.

"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."

Kyrgios seems to be enjoying life off the court at present after going Instagram official with his new girlfriend Costeen Hatzi in December.

Australian Open © GETTY Australian Open

And following his title success Down Under, the superstar revealed his partner looked after him when he contracted COVID-19 ahead of the tournament.

"I have won some big titles around the world, played some amazing matches," Kyrgios said after the final. "This one ranks [No] 1 for me.

"It's been a rough couple of years. I had Covid a week out from the Australian Open and my team and my beautiful girlfriend looked after me."

For support on dealing with self-harm, please visit or call Mind's confidential Infoline on 0300 123 3393.


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