Kyr­gios hard at work on his men­tal is­sues

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Syd­ney – Tem­per­a­men­tal Aus­tralian ten­nis star Nick Kyr­gios (above) says he is talk­ing to psy­chol­o­gists and “try­ing to get on top” of his men­tal health af­ter an­other sea­son where he was crit­i­cised for his on-court an­tics.

Kyr­gios fin­ished his sea­son early in Oc­to­ber af­ter an el­bow in­jury forced him out of the Krem­lin Cup in Moscow.

The fiery 23-year-old lost his sta­tus as Aus­tralian No 1 to 19-year-old Alex de Min­aur in the same month.

Re­turn­ing home to pre­pare for next year, the world No 37 ad­mit­ted he was work­ing through men­tal health is­sues that had plagued him through­out the sea­son.

“I was ob­vi­ously strug­gling with a cou­ple of things on and off the court this year, so it hasn’t been easy,” he told home­town news­pa­per the Can­berra Times.

“But I’m start­ing to see some psy­chol­o­gists and try­ing to get on top of my men­tal health.

“I prob­a­bly left it a lit­tle too long. But I’ve been do­ing that and I feel more open about talk­ing about it, I don’t feel like I’ve got to hide that sort of stuff any more.”

The tal­ented but com­bustible Kyr­gios has be­come in­fa­mous for petu­lant be­haviour, out­bursts and melt­downs on court.

At the US Open in Au­gust, an um­pire gave the Aus­tralian a con­tro­ver­sial pep talk dur­ing his sec­ond-round game for his per­ceived lack of ef­fort.

He ex­ited the Shang­hai Masters in the first round last month, where he was also crit­i­cised for his lack­lus­tre per­for­mance.

Kyr­gios said he was “very lucky” to have had an in­ter­na­tional ten­nis ca­reer and an­nounced an over­haul of his play­ing sched­ule to try and avoid a re­peat of his men­tal and phys­i­cal burnout.

“I’m go­ing to work with my team to get the cor­rect sched­ule, I don’t think I’ve got it right the last cou­ple of years,” he said.

Kyr­gios started the year well when he cap­tured a fourth ca­reer ti­tle in Bris­bane in Jan­uary.

But he then missed two months of the cam­paign, in­clud­ing the French Open, in the spring.

A hip in­jury forced his early with­drawal from the ATP sea­son last year. – AFP

I was strug­gling with a cou­ple of things on and off the court this year. Nick Kyr­gios Aus­tralian ten­nis star

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