Nick Kyrgios opens up on being admitted to a psychiatric ward with suicidal thoughts after Wimbledon 2019 – as the telltale sign he was in mental distress is revealed
- Nick Kyrgios had suicidal thoughts after losing to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon
- The Aussie was admitted to a psychiatric ward in London as a result
- He made the revelation in the new series of Netflix’s documentary Break Point
Nick Kyrgios has revealed he was admitted to a psychiatric ward in London with suicidal thoughts in 2019.
The Australian lost in four sets to Rafael Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon and admitted he was ‘contemplating if I wanted to commit suicide’.
The revelation comes in the new series of Netflix’s documentary Break Point, which will be released on June 21.
Nick Kyrgios revealed he had suicidal thoughts after losing at Wimbledon in 2019
The Australian (left) lost in four sets to Rafael Nadal (right) in the second round
‘I was genuinely contemplating if I wanted to commit suicide,’ he says in ‘Belonging’, episode six of the new series.
‘I lost at Wimbledon. I woke up and my dad was sitting on the bed, full-blown crying. That was the big wake-up call for me.
‘I was like: “OK, I can’t keep doing this. I ended up in a psych ward in London to figure out my problems.”’
Kyrgios lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-7 to Nadal and wore a long white sleeve on his right arm to conceal evidence of self-harming.
‘I was drinking, abusing drugs, lost my relationship with my family, pushed all my close friends away,’ he explains.
“You could tell I was hurting. My whole arm was covered in scars. That’s why I actually got my arm sleeve. To cover it all.’
In the episode, Kyrgios’ father, George, reveals he told the tennis star he wasn’t ‘on the right path’ after his breakdown.
‘I told him: “This is not the right path, mate. You’ve got bigger and better things to chase, you know.”
‘He was in tears […] I’m here for Nick. Nothing else matters. When he’s away, he’s my first priority. He’s very sensitive, very fragile.’
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