“20 Times More Serious”: Nick Kyrgios Compares His Mental Struggles to Naomi Osaka’s

Published 08/02/2021, 5:23 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Paul Childs


Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios is one of the most entertaining players on the Tour. Along with that, he is a highly talented athlete. Over the years, after noticing the 26-year-old star, one can say that he is one of a kind. 

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Recently, Nick Kyrgios spoke on the subject of mental illness. He revealed that he has been a victim of it in the past and that he went through it at a very young age. He even compared his case with that of Japanese star Naomi Osaka, who has also been a victim of mental health issues. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios acknowledges the spectators after losing his match by a walkover as he sustained an injury REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The former World No. 13 spoke on this and stated, “Deep down I know I’m great at sports, personalities like that are needed, although early in my career I received a lot of hate, racism and other nonsense from some fans, it made me stronger mentally.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Nick Kyrgios has emerged stronger from the negativity

In the past, Kyrgios has been subject to social media hate messages, and he has received some of the heaviest fines in this sport. All of these incidents took a toll on him. However, these events have only made him a stronger individual.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts after winning her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland REUTERS/Mike Segar

The 26-year-old further added, “Something similar to Naomi Osaka happened to me, now that it is fashionable to talk about mental health, but in my opinion, mine was 20 times more serious… This sport was about to take me to a dark side, which happened for a while, mentally it was very hard at only 18 years old.”

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At the moment, the Australian talent is in Washington. He will be playing at the ATP Washington 500 along with the likes of Rafael Nadal. It will be interesting to see how far Nick goes into the tournament. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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