Andy Murray ‘turned my son’s life around’, Nick Kyrgios’ mother claims, after the Australian struggled with self-harm, alcohol and mental health issues in the years leading up to his 2022 Wimbledon final
- Nick Kyrgios finished second at Wimbledon after losing to Novak Djokovic in the final
- The Australian admitted to suffering from several mental health issues in 2019
- Andy Murray helped ‘turn my life around’ according to Neil Kyrgios’ mother
- Djokovic’s win over Kyrgios helped the Serb claim his seventh Wimbledon title
The appearance of the 27-year-old Australian in the Wimbledon the finale was the culmination of a recovery from serious mental health issues.
Kyrgios has previously spoken about his struggles with alcoholdrugs and self-harm in 2019.
Nick Kyrgios finished second at Wimbledon 2022 after final loss to Novak Djokovic
Neil Kyrgios claims Andy Murray helped ‘change’ his Wimbledon finalist son’s life
Speaking on the eve of the match to Sydney Morning Herald, his mother Neil said: “Self-harming… I’ve seen it and people have told me that. I asked him about it and he didn’t want to talk about it at the time.
“John (Morris, Kyrgios’ former manager) was telling me that Andy was worried about Nick because he was seeing some evidence of self-harm.
“And I blame it on others. They criticized him for simply pressuring him. Even people we thought might support him.
Murray (left) reportedly worried for Kyrgios (right) after seeing evidence of self-harm
Australian man admits he struggled with alcohol, drugs and self-harm in 2019
“That period was very difficult. I just wanted to be around him all the time, so I could see him… And when I don’t see him, I worry about him so much that it becomes very difficult.”
Neal is unable to travel due to ill health, so was back in Australia as her son battled Djokovic on Center Court.
But she said he’s in a good place now. “I like it,” Neal said. “He is very kind and loving. He tells me he loves me every day.
“When he was little, we were so close. Nice to have him back. I am happy for him. He is happy, enjoys life and appreciates every little thing. It’s a good feeling.”
Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title after defeating Kyrgios in four sets on Sunday