Sydney - Temperamental Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios
says he is talking to psychologists and "trying to get on top" of his
mental health after another roller-coaster season where he was criticised for
his on-court antics.
Kyrgios finished his season early in October after an elbow
injury forced him out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
The fiery 23-year-old lost his status as Australian number
one to 19-year-old Alex de Minaur in the same month.
Returning home to prepare for next year, the world number 37
admitted he was working through mental health issues that had plagued him
throughout the season.
"I was obviously struggling with a couple of things on
and off the court this year, so it hasn't been easy," he told hometown
newspaper the Canberra Times.
"But I'm starting to see some psychologists and trying
to get on top of my mental health.
"I probably left it a little too long. But I've been
doing that and I feel more open about talking about it, I don't feel like I've
got to hide that sort of stuff anymore."
The supremely talented but combustible Kyrgios has become
infamous for petulant behaviour, outbursts and meltdowns on court.
At the US Open in August, an umpire gave the Australian a
controversial pep talk during his second-round game for his perceived lack of
He exited the Shanghai Masters in the first round last
month, where he was also criticised for his lacklustre performance.
Kyrgios said he was "very lucky" to have had an
international tennis career and announced an overhaul of his playing schedule
to try and avoid a repeat of his mental and physical burnout.
"I'm going to work with my team to get the correct
schedule, I don't think I've got it right the last couple of years because I
haven't made it to the end of the year once," he said.
Kyrgios started the year well when he captured a fourth
career title in Brisbane in January.
But he then missed two months of the campaign, including the
French Open, in the spring.
A hip injury forced his early withdrawal from the ATP season