With eye on mental health, Kyrgios begins speaking to psychologists – Tennis Magazine


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Nick Kyrgios says he has begun talking to psychologists and wants to improve his approach to his career.

The 23-year-old Australian told the Canberra Times that he has been “starting to see some psychologists and trying to get on top of my mental health,” consulting with one in Australia and one elsewhere.

“I probably left it a little too long,” he said. “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.”

Kyrgios has twice been questioned for lack of effort in ATP events, creating controversy when he got encouragement from the umpire at the US Open, and arguing with the chair at Shanghai in more conventional fashion.

But he indicated that satisfaction off-court was required to help him on the court.

“I know I’m very lucky to be able to travel around and play tennis. I’ve been with a couple of things that haven’t been easy this year, but I’m sure it’ll be OK next year,” he said.

Having reached the Top 15, Kyrgios has dropped to No. 38 and experienced frequent injuries this season. He says he has had some decent performances when he has played, but also been forced to withdraw from events and wants to develop a better schedule.

“I want to pick and choose the right tournaments to play, and when I’m playing in those tournaments I want to invest fully. I’m going to work with my team,” he said.

Kyrgios is the third-ranked Australian player.


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