Kyr­gios in a hap­pier head space

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

RE­GARD­LESS of the out­come of a first-round Aus­tralian Open block­buster with Mi­los Raonic, Nick Kyr­gios is con­fi­dent he is on the path to men­tal hap­pi­ness — and el­e­va­tion into the sport’s top 10.

The mer­cu­rial Can­ber­ran be­lieves he is much health­ier — phys­i­cally and men­tally — af­ter a de­cent break while work­ing with psy­chol­o­gists to cope bet­ter with pres­sure.

“I re­ally don’t want to touch too much on it — pretty per­sonal stuff that hap­pened last year,” he said.

“I was in some re­ally bad places.

“Right now I feel like I’m in a good spot men­tally. Peo­ple are go­ing to think, ‘You drew Raonic, it’s a bad draw.’ I don’t care.

“I’m healthy, happy. What­ever hap­pens hap­pens.”

Un­seeded at a grand slam for the first time in four sea­sons, Kyr­gios re­mains an un­tapped tal­ent but, af­ter the up­heavals and rank­ing slide of 2018, he has new- found per­spec­tive.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally one day it’s go­ing to end for me, this sport,” Kyr­gios said. “I’m just go­ing to en­joy the mo­ment. I’m not go­ing to worry about any­thing. If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose.”

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