Nick Kyrgios opens up on going to psychiatric ward just before Rafael Nadal match

Kyrgios went to a psychiatric ward before his 2019 Wimbledon match against Nadal.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Nick Kyrgios opens up on going to psychiatric ward just before Rafael Nadal match
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Nick Kyrgios revealed that just a day before his 2019 Wimbledon match against Rafael Nadal he was told by the doctors that he should stay in a London psychiatric ward for two weeks and then be reassessed. Kyrgios, 28, was going through the darkest period of his life in 2019.

After beating Jordan Thompson in a five-setter in his 2019 Wimbledon opener, Kyrgios was scheduled to play against Nadal two days later. But before the Nadal match, Kyrgios turned to self-harm and he was taken to a psychiatric ward by his concerned family and team.

The following day, Kyrgios was able to play his second-round match against Nadal and the Australian actually played well before the Spaniard completed a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3) win.

Kyrgios went to a psychiatric ward before the Wimbledon match against Nadal

"It was just self-inflicted pain.

And I had friends around me telling me it wasn't healthy and I ignored them. And then I found myself going to a psychiatric ward in London and I had to play an Nadal the next day. And these are the things like. Everyone would assume that I was doing fine.

I was answering questions and they told me that I should stay in this psychiatric ward for two weeks and be reassessed. And I was playing Nadal the next day. It's like, I looked at myself. I was like, I can't do this. I have to somehow change these habits.

So I had self-harm everywhere. I had to wear an arm sleeve on the center court of Wimbledon and no one knew any of these problems. And it was, it was hard. And I look back and I just don't know how I like got out of it to be honest, I was such a mess," Kyrgios said On Purpose with Jay Shetty.

Four years later, Kyrgios has completely changed his situation and now he is using his past experiences to help others who are going through tough times.

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