Australian Kyrgios says depression left him with suicidal thoughts

Australian Nick Kyrgios opened up on his mental health struggles in a social media post on Thursday, saying he had suicidal thoughts and the period around the 2019 Australian Open was "one of my darkest periods".

Former world number 13 Kyrgios, who has slipped to 137th in the rankings after missing parts of last season due to injuries, urged everyone to open up.   -  REUTERS

Australian Nick Kyrgios opened up on his mental health struggles in a social media post on Thursday, saying he had suicidal thoughts and the period around the 2019 Australian Open was "one of my darkest periods".

The 26-year-old, who said last year that he was unsure how long he would continue to play professional tennis, is a fan-favourite and the atmosphere at his matches at the Grand Slam in Melbourne resembles Davis Cup ties.

In an Instagram post accompanied by a picture of him, Kyrgios said three years back he was in a very bad place mentally.

Former world number one Naomi Osaka brought the issue under the spotlight when she pulled out of Grand Slam events and also chunks of the 2021 season over her mental well-being.

Former world number 13 Kyrgios, who has slipped to 137th in the rankings after missing parts of last season due to injuries, urged everyone to open up.

"I know that day-to-day life can seem extremely exhausting, impossible at times," he said, adding that he will be available to anyone who wanted to talk.

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"I understand that you feel if you open up it may make you feel weak, or scared. I'm telling you right now, it's OK, you are not alone.

"I'm proud to say I've completely turned myself around and have a completely different outlook on everything, I don't take one moment for granted. I want you to be able to reach your full potential and smile. This life is beautiful."

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