Nick Kyrgios reveals Andy Murray made an attempt to help him after noticing signs of self-harm on his body when he was going through the darkest period of his life. Last year, 28-year-old Kyrgios opened up in a long Instagram post about the period from 2019, when he was battling major depression.
In his post, Kyrgios confessed that he was suicidal at the time and that his coping mechanisms at the time were alcohol, drugs and self-harm. In one of the interviews, Kyrgios also revealed that he was admitted to a psychiatric ward in London following his 2019 Wimbledon second-round loss to Rafael Nadal. "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. 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 said on Piers Morgan Uncensored on Talk TV, via The Times.
Kyrgios reveals Murray went to his agent
After realizing that Kyrgios was self-harming himself, Murray went to John Morris, who was the Australian's manager at the time.
“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 admitted. Now, Kyrgios is in a much better spot and living a much happier life. Over the last two years, Kyrgios has been trying to help others who are going through something similar he went through several years ago.