She said the Scot had noticed signs of self-harm on Kyrgios’ body and told the Canberran’s former manager John Morris.
In the Netflix documentary, Kyrgios is filmed having an intense conversation with his girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi, in which he reveals some of his struggles before she came into his life.
“The first four or five years of my career were just so chaotic,” an emotional Kyrgios tells his partner.
“If horse [Horsfall] was on tour with me when he was basically just looking after me, all he could see was my wellbeing declining every week. My life got out of control – I drank every night. I thought, ‘I can’t keep doing this. I need to be kinder to myself.
“For my sanity, I could never be one of those year-round players again. I couldnt do that. I value my family, my close friends and Cossie too much to put tennis before that. I don’t think that’s healthy.
“I don’t have any real expectations of my games now. I just want to get out there, have fun, take the pressure off and then we can try to have a more normal life. It’s much better that way, that’s for sure.”
Many other players, past and present, share their views on the 27-year-old world No. 22.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was in Sydney with the Greek team for the United Cup, has had a love-hate relationship with Kyrgios over the years.
“He’s not a bad guy,” says Tsitsipas breakpoint. “He just turns into the devil when he enters the yard.”
Kyrgios revealed he agreed with the man he beat at Wimbledon in one of the most entertaining matches of the last year.
“In the heat of the moment, I’m two different people,” Kyrgios says in the documentary.
“Sometimes I cross the line. That’s just my passion, that’s just my emotion. Millions of people are watching you and you’re not playing your best. Wouldn’t you be frustrated and angry? I have to let it out, out there.”
American ex-star Andy Roddick, who was also prone to outbursts during his successful career, is interviewed extensively throughout the documentary.
“He’s like a part-time tennis player,” Roddick says of Kyrgios. “He doesn’t play that often. He takes months off. It’s like a hobby.”
Kyrgios’ breakthrough on the World Tour came at Wimbledon when he was 19. His career didn’t go as many believed as he struggled with life in the limelight.
“After that he was painted as this bad boy. He was that villain,” Horsfall said.
“Every article, every tabloid, every person just wanted their 2¢ and tell him what a prick he was.”
The documentary reveals that no criticism has stung more than that of Australian swimming champion Dawn Fraser in 2015 when she urged Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic to “go back where their fathers or their parents came from”.
Later in the year, Netflix will release the second part of its series, which follows Kyrgios’ incredible run to the Wimbledon final last year.
Now his attention turns to the Australian Open.
“It’s always good to be back,” Kyrgios said to an Australian Open staffer on his way to the venue last year. “I don’t know if it will be my last time. Nothing good lasts forever, yes.”
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