Nick Kyrgios [right] lost the 2022 Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic [left] 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3)

Nick Kyrgios says he is “very grateful” to Andy Murray for helping him with his mental health issues.

Kyrgios said he later got a sleeve tattoo on his right arm to cover up signs of self-harm.

“He [Murray] saw it [the self-harm]and he said, ‘What is that on your arm?’” Kyrgios told TalkTV.

Speaking on Piers Morgan Uncensored, he added: “It was pretty bad at that point. Andy was obviously trying to give me advice on this. But I was just so stuck at that point not listening.”

“Of course I am very grateful. I thank him very much.”

According to the Timesexternal link, three-time Grand Slam champion Murray Kyrgios had asked Kyrgios about the marks on his arm during a training session before the Scot alerted Kyrgios’ manager John Morris to what he had seen.

“Andy has always been a big supporter of mine,” added Kyrgios, 28.

“When I came on tour, he saw the work in progress and took me under his wing.

“Then later in my career he realized that I didn’t think I was coachable or that I had gone my own way, but he was always someone who looked out for me.”

Kyrgios wrote a lengthy Instagram post about his mental health struggles in February 2022, saying he had had “suicidal thoughts” and “difficulty getting out of bed” in 2019, and pointed out self-harm marks on his in a photo of the Australian Arm open.

He ended the post by saying that he is currently doing much better.

The Australian, who reached the Wimbledon final last year before losing to Novak Djokovic, says the “most powerful thing” in his career is now the ability to help people with their mental health issues.

“I’m almost a beacon for people who are struggling,” he added. “When they feel overwhelmed and turn to drinking, drugs, etc., they open up and feel like they can relate to me.”

“That’s been the most powerful thing in my career, having people come to me with real problems.”

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