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Nick Kyrgios' recently estranged brother Christos was reduced to tears after opening up about his relationship with his sibling ahead of Sunday's Wimbledon final.
Christos candidly admitted that Nick was in a dark place a few years ago as the tennis maverick battled depression and problems with drugs and alcohol, and in an attempt to help his brother through the gloom, Christos confronted him on his addictions, which led to their relationship crumbling.
"People wouldn’t know this but Nick and I stopped talking for quite a while. He was so unhappy in himself that he shut out the people that had his best interests at heart," he wrote for Australian outlet Fairfax.
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"I’m far from perfect, but as a big brother it killed me seeing him go through the pain he was suffering. Mum was worried sick about him. We all were."
Christos said his brother was "going through the motions without any sense of happiness in his life," and had allowed his 'public enemy number one' persona to start defining him.
Despite the fact they're no longer close, Christos and Nick are back in semi-regular contact now that the Wimbledon finalist has managed to get his life back on track, with the help of his fiancé Costeen Hatzi.
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Christos, who admits he is even more 'fiery' than his brother, won't be in attendance on Centre Court for the biggest match of Nick's career as he's in Australia with his girlfriend after welcoming his first child to the world last month.
He nonetheless sent his brother a message of support after learning of Rafa Nadal's withdrawal, giving Nick a bye into the final.
Nick responded in classic Kyrgios style, texting: "One more."
Nick, who is on the verge of winning his first ever Grand Slam, recently revealed on Instagram that he was considering suicide back in 2019.
He explained that he was afraid to open himself up to his loved ones for fear of feeling weak and scared, but that once he pushed past those fears he was able to turn his life around.
"I have a completely different outlook on everything [now], I don't take one moment for granted … this life is beautiful," he wrote.
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