Brisbane - Temperamental Australian star Nick Kyrgios
revealed on Friday he was bitten by a spider over Christmas ahead of his
defence of the Brisbane International.
The fiery 23-year-old posted a short video on his Instagram
account showing him with what appeared to be a drip in his arm and being
treated by medics.
"This spider bite outta contro," a caption to the
He added to his nearly one million followers: "Got a
spider bite on my foot. Christmas different every year."
Local reports said he spent the festive season in a Canberra
hospital but was still on track to be in Brisbane for the tournament that
starts on Monday.
Kyrgios finished his season early in October after an elbow
injury forced him out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Returning home to prepare for 2019, the world number 35
admitted last month he was working through mental health issues that had
plagued him throughout the year.
"I'm starting to see some psychologists and trying to
get on top of my mental health," he said then.
The supremely talented but combustible Kyrgios has become
infamous for his public outbursts and meltdowns on court.
His win in Brisbane was his only title success in 2018.