In February, Kyrgios had spoken of his performance at the 2019 Australian Open, saying what appeared to be a positive period in his life had been “one of my darkest times”.
“I was lonely, depressed, negative, abusing alcohol, drugs, I had distanced myself from family and friends”, wrote on Instagram. “I felt like I couldn’t talk or trust anyone. This was the consequence of not opening up and refusing to lean on my loved ones and not pushing myself, little by little, to be more positive.”
Kyrgios made further references to his mental health issues on the way to the Wimbledon final and US Open quarter-finals.
After beating Daniil Medvedev last month in New York, reaching the quarter-finals, Kyrgios said he was proud to have recovered “mentally” and to have “come out of some really scary situations” off the pitch.
Speaking in Tokyo on the matter, Kyrgios said it was “not difficult at all” to focus on tennis despite the pending accusation.
“It is a situation that I do not have control over: I am taking all the necessary steps and dealing with what I have to face off the pitch,” he told reporters. “I can only do my best: I’m here in Tokyo and I’m just trying to play good tennis, keep the momentum of the summer season and do my job.”