Australian Kyrgios says depression left him with suicidal thoughts | Tennis News
The 26-year-old, who said last year he didn’t know how long he would continue to play professional tennis, is a fan favorite and the atmosphere at his Melbourne Grand Slam matches resembles Davis Cup matches.
In an Instagram post accompanied by a photo of himself, Kyrgios said three years ago that he was mentally in very bad shape.
“If you look closely, on my right arm, you can see I am self-harming,” he said. “I had suicidal thoughts and literally had trouble getting out of bed, let alone performing in front of millions of people.
“I was lonely, depressed, negative, abusing alcohol, drugs, pushing away my family and friends. I felt like I couldn’t talk or trust anyone.
“It was the result of not opening up and refusing to lean on my loved ones and just pushing myself little by little to be positive.”
Former world number one Naomi Osaka brought the issue into the spotlight when she withdrew from Grand Slam events and also chunks of the 2021 season on her mental well-being.
Former world number 13 Kyrgios, who slipped to 137th in the standings after missing parts of last season through injury, urged everyone to open up.
“I know everyday life can seem extremely exhausting, sometimes impossible,” he said, adding that he would be available for anyone who wished to speak.
“I understand that you feel like if you open up, it can make you feel weak or scared. I’m telling you right now, it’s okay, you’re not alone.
“I’m proud to say I’ve completely transformed and have a completely different outlook on everything, I don’t take a moment for granted. I want you to be able to reach your full potential and smile. This life is beautiful. ”