Nick Kyrgios reveals early career struggles, ‘drinking every night’

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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has revealed just how wild his first few years on tour were, plagued with partying and mental health struggles – and how he’s turned it around.

Kyrgios, along with Thanasi Kokkinakis, will be the focal point of the first episode of Netflix’s Point Break, which chronicles the pair’s run to the Australian Open title in 2022, as well as off-court issues.

In the documentary, which premieres on Friday, Kyrgios revealed that his life was “spiralling out of control” and that he was “drinking every single night”.

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He credited his new partner, Costeen Hatzi, for saving him after a ‘chaotic’ first few years on tour.

“I was like – ‘OK, I can’t keep doing this’. I just had to be kinder to myself,” he said.

The excerpt also showed that he doubts he’ll ever resume a ‘full’ tennis schedule again, saying the time away from loved ones wasn’t worth it.

“I value my family, my close, close friends and Cossie too much to put tennis in front of that anymore – I don’t think that’s healthy.

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“I don’t really have any expectations now in my matches – I just want to go out there, have fun, and take the pressure off, and we can kind of live more of a normal life – it’s much better like this, that’s for sure.”

Kyrgios is yet to play in Australia this summer, after an injury ruled him out of the United Cup, which concluded with America being crowned champions.

He won’t play until the Australian Open begins on January 16.

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