“I felt that nobody loved me as a person,” said the Australian tennis player, away from the courts since February this year.
Nick Kyrgios’s name was almost always associated in recent years with the scandals, both for his attitudes on the tennis courts and for his explosive statements outside of them, which even included personal attacks on the great stars of the circuit, among others Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. But this Sunday it was news from another place: the Australian, owner of a talent reserved for few but that until now could not be translated into great results, revealed to a media in his country that he suffered from a significant depression for not meeting people’s expectations.
Kyrgios, current world number 45, said that he suffered the situation in the not so distant past, when he played tournaments regularly. The Australian, who has not been active since the last Acapulco tournament in February, explained in the Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph that he felt that he was disappointing people and that he did not enjoy tennis.
“I felt that no one loved me as a person, they just wanted to use me as a tennis player. A lot of people put pressure on me and I put a lot of pressure on myself as well. I lost the joy of playing and it got out of hand, “said the Canberra.
“I fell into depression because of the things that I thought it had to be. I was scared to go out there and talk to people because I thought I would disappoint them by not winning games,” he added.
Kyrgios, who at Wimbledon 2014 gave one of the great impacts of tennis by beating Rafael Nadal, has achieved six titles in his sports career and became number 13 in the ranking in 2016.
However, his performance on the court has been obscured by his altercations both on and off the court.
After several incidents, which included throwing a chair onto the track in Rome and calling the ATP corrupt in Cincinnati, the Australian was sanctioned in September 2019 with 16 weeks without being able to play and a financial fine, although compliance with the The sanction was at the expense of his recurrence.
(With information from EFE)