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Nick Kyrgios contemplates tennis exit, cites exhaustion and desire to provide for family

Posted : 13 December 2023

Australia's tennis maverick, Nick Kyrgios, known for his enigmatic style and unpredictable play, has disclosed his contemplation of stepping away from the sport in the next couple of years. At 28, Kyrgios, who had limited appearances in 2023 due to knee surgery and other injuries, expressed that he no longer harbors a strong desire to play tennis. Despite his current struggles and exhaustion from surgeries, he intends to continue competing to provide for his family in the foreseeable future.


Kyrgios, a player known for both brilliance and controversy, showcased exceptional tennis, reaching the Wimbledon final in 2022. However, the Australian's journey has been marked by unpredictable behavior, struggles with motivation, mental health issues, and episodes of self-harm.


As he grapples with injuries and prepares to skip the upcoming Australian Open, Kyrgios, in an interview with the On Purpose podcast, candidly admitted that he does not have a deep love for the sport but continues for the sake of supporting his family.


The tennis maverick revealed his exhaustion from three surgeries, coupled with foot and wrist problems, and expressed a desire to play for another one to two years before gracefully stepping down from the sport. Kyrgios emphasized the toll the sport has taken on him, particularly in the aftermath of a challenging period four years ago when he entered a psychiatric ward following a Wimbledon defeat to Rafael Nadal. Despite his weariness, he seeks a dignified exit, aiming to be at peace with his achievements and urging those who wish for his continued play to accept his eventual decision to retire.


In reflecting on his career, Kyrgios acknowledged that the turbulent episodes and heightened scrutiny had accelerated his exhaustion, pushing him to contemplate an early end to his tennis journey. While acknowledging his capability for a few more years, he conveyed a clear message that his departure from the sport is inevitable, and he hopes others will understand and respect his decision when the time comes.


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