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Nick Kyrgios reveals he contemplated suicide following Wimbledon defeat in 2019

The Australian says defeat to Rafael Nadal was the lowest point of his career.

Carl Markham
Wednesday 14 June 2023 19:20 BST
Nick Kyrgios thought about suicide after a 2019 Wimbledon defeat to Rafael Nadal (Adam Davy/PA)
Nick Kyrgios thought about suicide after a 2019 Wimbledon defeat to Rafael Nadal (Adam Davy/PA)

Australian Nick Kyrgios has revealed he was admitted to a psychiatric ward after contemplating suicide following a Wimbledon defeat to Rafael Nadal in 2019.

The often-controversial world number 25 said the second-round, four-set defeat to the Spaniard was the lowest point of his career.

“I was genuinely contemplating if I wanted to commit suicide,” Kyrgios, who wore a white sleeve on his right arm to hide tell-tale self-harm scars, told Netflix documentary Break Point.

“I lost at Wimbledon. I woke up and my dad was sitting on the bed, full-blown crying. That was the big wake-up call for me.

“I was like ‘OK, I can’t keep doing this’. I ended up in a psych ward in London to figure out my problems.

“I was drinking, abusing drugs, lost my relationship with my family, pushed all my close friends away.

“You could tell I was hurting. My whole arm was covered in scars. That’s why I actually got my arm sleeve. To cover it all.

“That pressure, having that all-eyes-on-you expectation, I couldn’t deal with it. I hated the kind of person I was.”

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