Nick Kyrgios says he’s looking forward to his chance to respond to allegations that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend, and has spoken candidly about his mental health issues after making his way to his first Grand Slam semi-final.
Kyrgios had too much firepower for Cristian Garin, knocking out the unseeded Chilean 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-5) at Wimbledon on Wednesday in two hours and 13 minutes – just 24 hours after his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari became famous created. accused him of assault.
Kyrgios is the last Australian to be at Wimbledon after another ex-girlfriend, Ajla Tomljanovic, previously lost her quarterfinal clash in three sets.
Kyrgios, who will face Rafael Nadal in the semi-final, opened up at his post-match conference about his struggles with the pressures of professional tennis.
“There was a point where I was almost done with the sport,” he admitted.
“Last year I posted about my mental state in 2019. I was hurting myself, I had suicidal thoughts.”
Nick Kyrgios broke his silence on assault allegations after his quarter-final win
Nick Kyrgios reached the Wimbledon semi-final 24 hours after it was revealed that his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari (pictured together in happier times) had accused him of assault
Fellow Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic (pictured) was angry after a media whim about Nick Kyrgios after she bowed out of Wimbledon in three sets
“Being a semi-finalist at Wimbledon is a special achievement for everyone, but especially for me, if you had asked someone if I could do it, they would have said no.
Doesn’t have the mental capacity, doesn’t have the physical capacity, doesn’t have the stamina. It’s been a rocky road to here.
“At the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play a good schedule. I had lost the love, I had lost the spark.’
Kyrgios is set to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court on August 2 to face a common assault charge, which carries a maximum sentence of up to two years behind bars.
“I have a lot of thoughts, a lot of things I want to say, my side about it,” he said.
“My lawyers have advised me that I cannot say anything at this time.
“I understand everyone wants to ask about it, but I can’t tell you too much about that right now.”
Kyrgios said his impending lawsuit was a distraction before he defeated Garin.
“I’m only human,” he said.
“I read about it and everyone was asking questions. It was difficult.
“It was hard to focus on any kind of mission. Today was the Wimbledon quarterfinals. I know deep down that I was prepared for that.
“It really didn’t affect my preparation at all. I knew I was true to myself and gave my best performance today.”
Ajla Tomljanovic was angered by ex-boyfriend Nick Kyrgios after her Wimbledon quarter-final loss, then fired a brutal shot at reporters on social media
Nick Kyrgios (pictured at Wimbledon with new girlfriend Costeen Hatzi) broke his 24-hour silence on assault allegations after his quarter-final win
Meanwhile, Tomljanovic expressed her anger at being offended by reporters about Kyrgios rather than her own quarter-final.
“Very disappointing that after almost 2 hours of playing my quarter-finals, that was the first question the journalist asked me, and would never ask anything about match-related matters. I’m glad to see the headlines about that now. Do better,” Tomljanovic tweeted.
Tomljanovic insisted she never experienced any violence during their two-year relationship.
“I haven’t had that experience with him,” Tomljanovic said.
“I’m not quite sure what is being said about his past relationship and the allegations. I do not know what it is.
“It’s been a while since our relationship ended.
“I’ve always kept my relationship very private. I’d like to keep it that way.’
Nick Kyrgios reached his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final after passing Cristian Garin. had been steamed
It’s not the first time Kyrgios has been candid about his struggles with mental health.
In March 2021, he had candidly “went to places he’s not proud of” in a heartfelt motivational Instagram post intended to inspire others.
“This is for anyone who struggles with motivation, struggles with what their goal is, for those who have days when you don’t want to get out of bed, it’s okay,” Kyrgios’ post began.
“I’ve been to places I’m not proud of, people who say to me all the time, ‘waste of talent, disappointment’.
‘Dealing with disgusting racism, people close to me have been told that they have lost hope. I know how it feels when you think no one understands the struggles in your head.’
He had a inspiring message to others who were in a dark place.
‘I’m telling you now, everything will be fine, enjoy this beautiful life ahead of you, do what makes YOU happy. Don’t take this opportunity for granted,” Kyrgios wrote.
‘Don’t hesitate to contact me if you feel lost, or if you have no one to turn to. I’m here for you.’
After his impressive win, Kyrgios also came back to criticize his decision not to have a coach.
‘I don’t have a coach, I would never put that burden on anyone! Each of my team plays a very important role,” he said.
“No one knows my tennis better than I do, I’ve been playing this sport since I was seven and I’m very happy.
The world’s number 13 hit back at comments that he doesn’t care because he’s never had a coach
Kyrgios also revealed that there is plenty of work to do before his semi-final match
“I felt like I was playing on the back foot a lot. Garin is a great player. I’ve been lucky with a few breakpoints, so I’ll grab those and prepare for my next match.’
Kyrgios said he would recover with a family meal and then prepare for his semi-final.
“There’s still a lot to do, go back, daddy will cook for us as always, we’ll eat it and just relax.”