'I was seriously depressed': Nick Kyrgios reveals 'lonely' mental health battle

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Polarising Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios has spoken about his battle with depression and relishing his time back home, away from the "lonely" life as a professional on tour.

"On tour there's a seven-month block when I don't get to see my family or be home, so I'm really taking advantage of everything going on at the moment," Kyrgios said in an interview with News Corp while back in the ACT.

"I don't think people understand how lonely tennis can be. You're out there on the court on your own. You can't really talk to anyone. You have to figure things out for yourself. I did struggle with that."

Kyrgios earned widespread criticism in recent years over constant declarations that he didn't enjoy the sport of tennis, but he said that came from the relentless grind which became overwhelming and pushed him into depression.

"When I was struggling - and it wasn't just about tennis - there were moments when I was seriously depressed," the 25-year-old said.

"I remember waking up in Shanghai one year and it was 4pm and I was still in bed, curtains closed. I didn't want to see the light of day.

Nick Kyrgios' 2020 season has been thrown into doubt by the coronavirus pandemic (Getty)

"I felt like no-one wanted to know me as a person, they just wanted to get a hold of me as a tennis player and use me. I didn't feel like I could trust anyone. It was a lonely, dark place. And things came from that.

"A lot of people were putting pressure on me, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I just lost joy for the game and I was…
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