Nick Kyrgios has confirmed when he plans to retire from tennis after ‘all the drinking and partying’ in his career.
The Australian star, notorious for his behaviour on and off the court, was a Wimbledon finalist last year and is only 28-years-old.
Kyrgios has previously opened up about his struggles with alcohol abuse and excessive partying and admits he feels more like ’57’ in age.
Many tennis players are continuing their careers into their late 30s and early 40s but Kyrgios wants to hang up his racket before he turns 33 in five years’ time.
‘The schedule is out of control, bro,’ Kyrgios said. ‘I’m getting old. 28. But with all the drinking and partying I’m 57.
’33 is insane. I’m not playing till I’m 33. Once I’m gone, you’ll never see me again.’
Kyrgios enjoyed the best year of his career in 2022 but has barely featured this year amid problems with injuries, ruling him out of all three Grand Slams thus far.
Speaking last year, he said that he was ‘probably drinking 20 to 30 drinks every night’, partying with people he did not know and playing with a hangover earlier in his career.
Kyrgios recently featured on the recent Netflix tennis documentary Break Point and spoke openly about his battle against self-harming and suicidal thoughts.
‘I was genuinely contemplating if I wanted to commit suicide,’ he said. ‘I lost at Wimbledon. I woke up and my dad was sitting on the bed, full-blown crying… I ended up in a psych ward in London [in 2019] to figure out my problems.’
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