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REVEALED: Nick Kyrgios almost quit tennis during battle with serious depression


World No.45, Nick Kyrgios has revealed that he almost quit tennis while he was suffering from serious depression on the tennis circuit.

The 25-year-old Australian revealed that he was spiralling out of control and lost joy for the game because of the things he thought he had to be.

“When I was struggling – and it wasn’t just about tennis – there were moments when I was seriously depressed.

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“I remember waking up in Shanghai one year and it was 4pm and I was still in bed, curtains closed. I didn’t want to see the light of day.

“I felt like no-one wanted to know me as a person, they just wanted to get a hold of me as a tennis player and use me.

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“I didn’t feel like I could trust anyone. It was a lonely, dark place. And things came from that.

“A lot of people were putting pressure on me, I put a lot of pressure on myself.

“I just lost joy for the game and I was spiralling out of control.

“I fell into depression because of the things I thought I had to be. I was afraid to go out and talk to people because I thought I’d let them down because I wasn’t winning matches.”

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Kyrgios’s best friend and now-manager Daniel Horsfall added: “He’d be overseas and call me at 3am in the morning, saying he wanted to come home, he wanted to quit.”