Nick Kyrgios has revealed that fans have privately asked him for help and sent shocking images of their own battles with depression and suicide after the Aussie opened up on his own struggles last year.
Kyrgios revealed the depth of his depression and self harm in the Netflix documentary Break Point, Now, he has revealed the flow-on effects that came from those admissions on Piers Morgan Uncensored.
Morgan praised Kyrgios for his courage in putting his own struggles in the public arena. The Aussie star then revealed the impacts that had, with desperate fans turning to his Instagram inbox seeking help and advice to get through their battles.
‘When I watch those clips that you just played I feel really emotional but at the same time inside I feel a lot better than I used to feel about that,’ he said.
‘I’ve helped so many people after I opened up about it and put on social media and obviously the Netflix documentary highlighted a lot more of it.
‘I’ve almost been a beacon for people who are struggling.
‘when they feel like they’re overwhelmed and they’re going towards you know drinking and drugs and stuff.’
Kyrgios admits his life was spiralling out of control in 2018, pictured smashing a racket in a match against Alexander Zverev
Kyrgios credits his partner Costeen Hatzi, his family and the intervention of Andy Murray for helping with his recovery
Kyrgios said people were able to see how he overcame the darkest period of his life and felt that he was relatable, sending him their own stories and asking for help.
‘They open up and they feel like I am relatable,’ he said.
‘People come to me with genuine issues and they send me photos in my Instagram DMs of them, you know, know self harming and and genuinely wanting to commit suicide.
‘I have conversations with these people sometimes, you know, I’ve had phone calls with these people.
Kyrgios also publicly thanked Andy Murray after he supported the Australian tennis star during a dark period in which he contemplated suicide.
In a heart-wrenching interview, Kyrgios revealed that he endured two years of ‘complete harm’, waking up hating himself with an ‘addiction of pain’.
The tennis star would burn things on his arm and cut himself ‘for fun’ but Murray spotted the signs of self-harm.
After seeing injuries on his arm, Murray alerted Kyrgios’ manager, John Morris, and gave him advice.
‘Andy was always a big supporter of me. As soon as I came on the tour, he kind of saw a work in progress and took me under his wing,’ Kyrgios told Piers Morgan Uncensored.
Nick Kyrgios has opened up about how Andy Murray helped him during a dark spell in his life
The Australian tennis star said he had an ‘addiction of pain’ and burned things on his arm
Murray alerted John Morris (centre), Kyrgios’ manager, and gave him advice after seeing arm injuries
‘Then he realised later in my career that I don’t think I was coachable or I was on my own path, but he was always someone that was looking out for me.
‘He saw it [the self-harm] and he said, “What’s that on your arm?” It was pretty bad at that stage.
‘Andy obviously was trying to give me advice on it. But I was just so stuck in my ways at that time that I didn’t listen. Obviously I’m very thankful. I thank him a lot.’
Kyrgios has previously opened up about his depression, saying he was having ‘suicidal thoughts’ at the 2020 Australian Open.
Last year, he described the conflict of ‘literally struggling to get out of bed’ but then ‘play in front of millions’ during that dark time.
In Netflix’s docuseries Break Point, he shared that he wore a compression sleeve to cover the scars on his arm in 2019.
He added: ‘I think it was all a year-and-a-half to two years of just complete harm. It was pretty dark to be honest.
‘I won tournaments on the professional tour, drinking every night, self-harming, burning things on my arm, cutting myself for fun.
‘It became an addiction of pain. I hated myself. I hated waking up and being Nick Kyrgios.
Kyrgios revealed the emotional details in an interview on Piers Morgan Uncensored
Since emerging from the darkest days of his life, Kyrgios has reached a Wimbledon final
He has also won the Australian Open doubles competition with Thanasi Kokkinakis
‘I was genuinely contemplating suicide. 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.”‘
After bouncing back from his darkest days, Kyrgios reached the 2022 Wimbledon final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic, and won the 2022 Australian Open doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis.
However, he has been injured in 2023, playing just one match and falling out of the ATP rankings.
His full interview with Piers Morgan will air on TalkTV at 8pm tonight.
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