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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios opens up about mental health battle

Bullied for his weight, suffering vile racism and called ‘a waste of talent’: Nick Kyrgios posts VERY revealing message about mental health battles

  • Tennis star Nick Kyrgios shared candid admission into the challenges he’s faced
  • Says he’d been to places he’s not proud of in a motivational Instagram post
  • Opened up about ‘disgusting’ racism and being labelled a ‘waste of talent’
  • Urged anyone struggling to reach out directly to him for help in a heartfelt plea

Australian tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios has opened up about his mental health battles and the devastating toll ‘disgusting’ racism and heavy public criticism of his form have had on him in the past.

The world number 47 men’s player shared an emotional insight into the challenges he’s faced with a candid admission ‘he’d been to places he’s not proud’ of in a heartfelt motivational Instagram post aimed to inspire others.

Kyrgios, 25, assured fans feeling lost that their lives can turn around, and urged them to reach out help in a heartfelt plea.

‘This is for anyone who struggles with motivation, struggles with what their purpose is, for those who have days when you don’t want to get out of bed, it’s OK,’ Kyrgios’ lengthy post began.

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios (pictured) has opened up about his mental health battles to fans in an aspiring Instagram post, urging them to reach out to him if they need help

The world number 47 was candidly open with fans in his latest post uploaded on Tuesday night

The world number 47 was candidly open with fans in his latest post uploaded on Tuesday night

‘I’ve been to places that I’m not proud of, people telling me all the time, “waste of talent”, “disappointment”. 

‘Dealt with disgusting racism, got told by people close to me they have lost hope. I know what it feels like when you think no one is understanding the struggles that are in your head.’

Attached to the post was a photo of an emotional Kyrgios screaming in relief moments after winning the 2019 Citi Open final in Washington DC.

The throwback photo captioned with Kyrgios’ famous quote when asked at the time about his approach to tennis and since been tweeted by the Citi Open.

‘I was a very overweight kid. Got told by coaches, teachers that I wasn’t going to be very good,’ Kyrgios said at the time in August 2019.

‘People can just relate to people telling you you can’t do anything, I feel like I’m proving a lot of people wrong.’ 

The motivational post including this photo of Kyrgios moments after winning the 2019 Citi Open in Washington

The motivational post including this photo of Kyrgios moments after winning the 2019 Citi Open in Washington

Kyrgios ended Tuesday night’s heartfelt post with an inspirational message to others finding themselves in a dark place.

‘I’m telling you right now, everything will be OK, enjoy this beautiful life in front of you, do what makes YOU happy. Don’t take this opportunity for granted,’ he wrote.

‘Feel free to reach out to me if you are feeling lost, or like you can’t go to anyone. I’m here for you.’

The post was liked by 65,000 followers within hours. 

Kyrgios has not competed since February’s Australian Open, where he bowed out in the third round.

Nick Kyrgios (pictured with girlfriend Chiara) urged those struggling with their mental health to enjoy the beautiful life in front of them and do what makes them happy

Nick Kyrgios (pictured with girlfriend Chiara) urged those struggling with their mental health to enjoy the beautiful life in front of them and do what makes them happy

He sparked speculation about his future earlier this week after pulling out of the ATP Tour’s Qatar and Dubai events, which he has since put to rest.

‘Miss my fans, promise I’ll be back soon,’ he captioned throwback vision of him with fans at a previous US Open grand slam.

While missing in actions on the court, Kyrgios’ has remained in the headlines off the court over his turbulent relationship with on-off girlfriend Chiara Passari.

The couple are understood to be still together after they were seen waiting for a flight to their hometown Canberra at Sydney Airport last week.

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