says he’s looking forward to his chance to respond to allegations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend, and has spoken frankly about his mental health struggles after blasting his way into his first Grand Slam semi-final.
Kyrgios had too much firepower for Cristian Garin, eliminating the unseeded Chilean 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-5) in two hours and 13 minutes at Wimbledon on Wednesday – barely 24 hours after it was revealed his former girlfriend Chiara Passari had accused him of assault.
Kyrgios is the last Australian standing at Wimbledon after another former girlfriend, Ajla Tomljanovic earlier lost her quarter-final clash in three sets.
Kyrgios, who will play Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, opened up about his struggle with the pressures of professional tennis during his post-match conference.
‘There was a point I was almost done with the sport,’ he admitted.
‘I posted last year about the mental state I was in 2019. I was self-harming, I had suicidal thoughts.’
Nick Kyrgios broke his silence on the assault allegations following his quarter-final win
Nick Kyrgios progressed to Wimbledon semi-finals 24 hours after it was revealed his former girlfriend Chiara Passari (pictured together in happier times) had accused him of assault
Fellow Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic (pictured) was angry following a grilling by the media about Nick Kyrgios after she bowed out of Wimbledon in three sets
‘To be a semi-finalist at Wimbledon is a special accomplishment for anyone but especially for me, if you had asked anyone if I could do that 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 start of the year I didn’t know if I wanted to play a proper schedule. I’d lost the love, I’d lost the spark.’
Kyrgios will appear in ACT Magistrates Court on August 2 to answer to 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.
‘I’ve been advised by my lawyers that I’m unable to say anything at this time.
‘I understand everyone wants to ask about it but I can’t give you too much on that right now.’
Kyrgios said his looming court date was a distraction before beating Garin.
‘I’m only human,’ he said.
‘I read about it and everyone else was asking questions. It was hard.
‘It was hard to kind of just focus on kind of the mission at hand. It was quarter-finals of Wimbledon today. I know deep down that’s what I was prepared for.
‘It didn’t really affect my preparation at all. I knew I stayed true to myself and gave my best performance today.’
Ajla Tomljanovic was grilled about former boyfriend Nick Kyrgios after her Wimbledon quarter final loss and fired a brutal shot at reporters on social media afterwards
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 fury about being grilled by reporters about Kyrgios rather than her own quarter-final match.
‘Quite disappointing that after almost 2 hours of playing my quarterfinals that that was the first question the journalist chose to ask me, and never proceeded to ask anything match related. Glad to see headlines mostly about that now. Do better,’ Tomljanovic tweeted.
Tomljanovic insisted she never endured violence during their two-year relationship.
‘I haven’t had that experience with him,’ Tomljanovic said.
‘I’m not really aware of exactly what’s being said about whatever his past relationship and the allegations. I don’t know what it is.
‘It’s been a while since our relationship ended.
‘I’ve always kept my relationship very private. I would like to keep it like that.’
Nick Kyrgios reached his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final after steaming past Cristian Garin
It’s not the first time Kyrgios has opened up about his mental health battles.
In March 2021, he candidly ‘he’d been to places he’s not proud’ of in a heartfelt motivational Instagram post aimed to inspire others.
‘This is for anyone who struggles with motivation, struggles with what their purpose is, for those who have days when you don’t want to get out of bed, it’s OK,’ Kyrgios’ post began.
‘I’ve been to places that I’m not proud of, people telling me all the time, “waste of talent, disappointment”.
‘Dealt with disgusting racism, got told by people close to me they have lost hope. I know what it feels like when you think no one is understanding the struggles that are in your head.’
He had a inspirational message to others who had found themselves in a dark place.
‘I’m telling you right now, everything will be OK, enjoy this beautiful life in front of you, do what makes YOU happy. Don’t take this opportunity for granted,’ Kyrgios wrote.
‘Feel free to reach out to me if you are feeling lost, or like you can’t go to anyone. I’m here for you.’
After his impressive victory, Kyrgios also hit back about the critical comments over his decision not to have a coach.
‘I don’t have a coach I would never put that burden on someone! Each and every one of my team plays a very important role,’ he said.
‘No-one knows my tennis more than I do, I’ve been playing this sport since I was seven and I’m very happy.
The world No 13 hit back at comments that he doesn’t care because he has never had a coach
Kyrgios also revealed that there is plenty of work to do ahead of his semi-final match
‘I felt I was playing on the back foot a lot. Garin’s a hell of a player. I got lucky on a couple of break points so I’ll take that and will prepare for my next match.’
Kyrgios said he would recover with a family meal and then prepare for his semi-final match.
‘There’s a lot to be done, go back, dad will cook us dinner as always, we’ll eat it and just chill out.’
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