Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has revealed that his mum, Norlaila, may never be able to watch him play live matches again due to her recently fitted pacemaker. In an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Kyrgios opens up about the stress and anxiety his matches cause his mother and expresses his regret for the toll it has taken on her.
Stressful Matches and Risky Moments
Kyrgios, known for his tumultuous behavior on the court, admits that his appearances can often become intense and unpredictable. His fiery temperament has led to incidents of racquet smashing and disputes with officials. For his mum, Norlaila, the emotional rollercoaster of watching her son play tennis is simply too much to bear. With her pacemaker, she cannot risk attending his matches, especially high-profile events like the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Instead, she watches from home while the rest of Kyrgios' team supports him in person.
Despite the challenges, Kyrgios acknowledges his mother's unwavering support and is grateful for her pride in his accomplishments and growth as a player. He expresses his desire for her to witness him in action one last time, emphasizing the importance of her presence at his matches.
From Gun Threats to Mental Health Struggles
The interview also delves into a traumatic event involving a masked man who allegedly threatened Kyrgios' mother with a gun and stole his luxury car. In the pursuit of the assailant, Kyrgios cut his foot open, resulting in an injury that forced him to miss the French Open. Reflecting on this harrowing experience, Kyrgios reveals the lasting impact it has had on his family and the difficulty they faced in overcoming the trauma.
Furthermore, Kyrgios opens up about his mental health struggles and acknowledges the support he received from two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. He describes a period of self-destructive behavior, including excessive drinking, self-harm, and burning things on his arms. Murray, one of the few individuals in the sport who recognized Kyrgios' hidden struggles, attempted to offer guidance and support. Kyrgios expresses his gratitude towards Murray and credits him as a consistent source of support throughout his career.
A Beacon of Hope and Support
Sharing his story publicly has had a positive impact on Kyrgios' life. He believes that by opening up about his own struggles, he has become a beacon of hope for others who may be experiencing similar challenges. Kyrgios has received messages from individuals seeking guidance and expressing their gratitude for his relatability and ability to overcome adversity. He emphasizes the power of being able to pull oneself out of difficult situations and the difference it can make in the lives of others.
The full interview with Nick Kyrgios can be watched on Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV. The episode airs on Friday at 8pm and is available on various platforms including Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, Freesat, DAB, and online streaming.
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