Occupational burnout is a kind of psychological stress which is characterized by exhaustion, lack of motivation, frustration, etc and as a result, a person cannot have complete satisfaction in what he does. In tennis, a number of players have suffered from burnout which have eventually caused a huge dip in their form, or on some occasions, an end to their playing careers. So here’s a list of five players who have suffered or may be suffering from burnout.
#5. Nick Kyrgios
The young Australian came into the limelight after stunning the mighty Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final. This also made him the first male player to reach the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon on his debut since Germany’s Florian Mayer in 2004. Ranked 144th in the world during Wimbledon, he moved up to 66th in the world following the tournament.
Following the Wimbledon, Kyrgios exited the US Open in the third round and the Malaysian Open in the opening round before deciding to skip the remainder of the tour citing burnout as his primary reason.
He reached a second Grand Slam quarter-final at the 2015 Australian Open and was soon in the top 30 of the ATP rankings before reaching a career-high ranking of 13th in 2016. Despite touted to be a future Grand Slam champion by many and a future World No.1 by some, Kyrgios has put in some promising performances but is yet to fulfill his full potential. Maybe the pressure of expectation is burning him out but will he overcome it or will it turn out to be a career-ending burn out? Only time can tell.