Nick Kyrgios reveals he was ‘drinking EVERY night’ as his career ‘spiralled out of control’
Nick Kyrgios reveals he was ‘drinking EVERY night’ as his career ‘spinned out of control’, and his manager was so worried he would track him down after wild nights.
- Nick Kyrgios opened up about his ‘chaotic’ lifestyle during his early tennis career
- The 27-year-old spoke candidly during the first episode of Netflix’s Break Point.
- Kyrgios said he used to drink ‘every night’ and it ‘got out of hand’
- His manager had to track him down using his phone after nights out.
- Kyrgios has chosen to prioritize his mental well-being over the relentless calendar
Nick Kyrgios has candidly shared how he was ‘drinking every night’ as his tennis career threatened to ‘get out of control’ following his global breakthrough.
The 27-year-old makes the confession during his episode of the new Netflix series, breaking pointwith the streaming giants following the Canberra-born superstar during his Australian Open campaign.
Kyrgios grabbed headlines when he defeated the all-powerful Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014, and he says the attention and scrutiny he received derailed him.
Nick Kyrgios has shared how he used to ‘drink every night’ during his early tennis career
During a candid discussion with his girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi, Kyrgios opened up about his ‘chaotic’ ways and how his manager, Daniel Horsfall, had to pick up the pieces.
“The first four or five years of my career were very chaotic,” Kyrgios said. ‘When I was Horse [Horsfall] on tour with me taking care of me, when basically only he took care of me, I could see my mental well-being declining by the week. My life was kind of out of control: I was drinking every night.
Horsfall detailed how he would have to go out and find Kyrgios on multiple occasions after wild nights out, using the ‘Find my Friends’ tracking app on his phone.
The 27-year-old shared how he used to struggle with constant criticism when he broke through.
His manager Daniel Horsfall (right) said he would have to track down Kyrgios after a wild night.
“I used to have your location on my phone and some mornings I would physically look up where you were, what hotel you were in, what house you were staying in before tournaments, before a match,” Horsfall said. ‘That was hard.’
Kyrgios has decided to take a step back from the unforgiving tennis schedule, playing in fewer tournaments around the world to prioritize his mental health. He says that he was desperate for a more “normal” life.
“I thought, ‘Okay, I can’t keep doing this,'” Kyrgios said. ‘I have to be kinder to myself. In my mental health, I could never be one of those players who plays all year.
I couldn’t do that. I value my family, my close, close friends and Cosi [Hatzi] too much to put tennis in front of that ever again. I don’t think it’s healthy.
‘I don’t really have any expectations now with my matches. I just want to go out and have fun, take the pressure off and then we can live a more normal life. It’s much better that way, that’s for sure.
Kyrgios says he is prioritizing his mental well-being over the relentless tennis schedule