Nick Kyrgios’ mother has revealed she doesn’t watch her son compete because it brings her too much anxiety.

Nick’s mother Nill admitted that seeing her 27-year-old son’s matches put her in such a bad place that she had to seek help for her mental health.

She told Nine News, “I haven’t watched him play for a while, actually. I can’t expose myself to that anxiety.”

“I go into a really strange panic … It actually got to a stage where I sought help. I was seeing a psychologist for six months. I was not in a good place. My anxiety level watching Nick was so high.”

Nill said she doesn’t even like checking the scores throughout his games, so she waits for someone to message her the final result instead.

She said, “The problem is I don’t want to know, but I want to know … as soon as it (news of Nick’s win over Brandon Nakashima to reach the quarter finals) came through, there was just relief.”

Kyrgios shares a very close bond with his mother, which put an emotional strain on the family when Nill was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year.

“The doctors said, ‘You won’t live after Christmas’. But I was so determined because my kids needed me still.”

“I love it, he’s very kind and loving, he tells me he loves me every day. He cuddles, he doesn’t care if I cuddle him in front of people or give him a kiss. That’s the kid I love,” she said.

Image credits: Nine News / Instagram

This article first appeared on OverSixty.