‘Strug­gling’ Kyr­gios see­ing psy­chol­o­gists, work­ing on men­tal health

Gulf Times Sport - - SPORT -

Tem­per­a­men­tal Aus­tralian ten­nis star Nick Kyr­gios says he is talk­ing to psy­chol­o­gists and “try­ing to get on top” of his men­tal health after an­other roller­coaster 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 num­ber one to 19-year-old Alex de Min­aur in the same month.

Re­turn­ing home to pre­pare for next year, the world num­ber 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 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 supremely 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 be­cause I haven’t made it to the end of the year once,” 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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Qatar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.