Nick Kyrgios opens on mental health

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Nick Kyrgios opens on mental health

World No. 102 Nick Kyrgios is in a great space mentally, living a happy life and it is all translating into his tennis. On Sunday, Kyrgios saw off Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-4 to reach the Miami round-of-16. “I just wanted to stay in and I knew that if I came in with some energy and kind of jumped on him early that I was going to kind of run with it,” Kyrgios said, per Tennis Majors.

“The way I’ve been playing the last couple of matches, I can’t ask for much more. The way I’m serving. I just feel like I’m not taking anything for granted. Miami Open, playing well, healthy – I’m going to take advantage of that”.

Kyrgios on mental health

A few years ago, Kyrgios had a dark phase as he was depressed, he started abusing drugs and alcohol, and he was also having suicidal thoughts. Kyrgios has encouraged any individual who is struggling with something to try to open up and seek help.

Kyrgios insists admitting you need help is a strong move - not a weak move as some think. “The people around me I kind of pushed them away, and those are the people that I needed the most,” Kyrgios said. “My family – I fell out of my family for a while, I’ve got a really good tight-knit group of people around me and I’m not afraid to open up anymore.

“I think that’s the biggest thing. I think males around my age really struggle with coming out, it’s a sign of weakness or something, I don’t think that’s the case at all, I think it’s a sign of strength in a way to be vulnerable and actually just tackle your problems head on.

It’s all good to be feeling like you’re not enough, and I feel like that’s the best thing that I did, was just to admit that I was struggling, and now I’m playing some great tennis, happy, and that’s it”.