Nick Kyrgios was recently a guest on Piers Morgan Uncensored and opened up about his self-harm and mental health struggles previously but also how a certain Andy Murray helped him to recognize it and get support.
Kyrgios has regularly spoken about spending time in a psychiatric hospital after being knocked out of Wimbledon in 2019. But not ever about how the former World Number One played a part in helping him.
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Murray who has long been a known friend of the Aussie entertainer recognised signs of self harm and mental health issues with Kyrgios and despite not recognising them as much then, he looks back on Murray's impact who then reported it to his manager.
"Andy was always a big supporter of me," Kyrgios said. "As soon as I came on the tour, he kind of saw a work in progress and took me under his wing. "Then he realized later in my career that I don't think I was coachable or I was on my own path, but he was always someone that was looking out for me.
"He saw it [the self-harm] and he said, 'What's that on your arm?' It was pretty bad at that stage. Andy obviously was trying to give me advice on it. But I was just so stuck in my ways at that time that I didn't listen. Obviously, I'm very thankful. I thank him a lot."
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Kyrgios added: "I think it was all a year-and-a-half to two years of just complete harm. It was pretty dark to be honest. I hated myself. I hated waking up and being Nick Kyrgios." But there was a light for Kyrgios after sharing his story, it started the healing process. "I feel like I've helped so many people after I opened up about it and put it on social media."
"I've almost been a beacon for people who are struggling. When they feel like they're overwhelmed and they're going towards drinking, drugs and stuff, they open up and they feel like I'm relatable. "That's been the most powerful thing in my career; people coming to me with genuine issues.
"They send me photos in my Instagram, direct messages, self-harming and genuinely wanting to commit suicide. "I have conversations with these people. Sometimes I've had phone calls with these people. That's making a real difference and I'm just really proud."