October 27, 2020

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios withdraws from US Open – tennis

Nick Kyrgios of Australia has withdrawn from the US Open and once more criticised a few of his fellow professionals for his or her choices to disregard well being recommendation through the coronavirus pandemic. Kyrgios follows compatriot and ladies’s world primary Ash Barty, who withdrew from the August 31-September 13 match earlier this week.

“I cannot be enjoying this yr on the US Open,” Kyrgios stated in a video on social media on Sunday. “It hurts me at my core to not be on the market competing in one of many sport’s biggest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium. However I’m sitting out for the folks, for my Aussies, for the tons of and hundreds of People which have misplaced their lives, for all of you. It’s my choice.”

Kyrgios had no issues with the USTA scheduling the match or gamers competing in the event that they selected, “as long as everybody acts appropriately and acts safely”. The 25-year-old stated he recognised that lower-wage workers on the occasion, equivalent to restaurant workers, cleaners and locker room attendants, wanted the match to happen.

The world quantity 40, nevertheless, additionally took one other shot at a few of his fellow gamers, with whom he has been concerned in a working battle over the past two months after they selected to play in a Novak Djokovic-organised exhibition occasion in Europe. Djokovic, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Victor Troicki all examined optimistic for COVID-19 through the occasion, which was unexpectedly cancelled.

“Tennis gamers, you must act within the curiosity of one another and work collectively,” Kyrgios added. “You’ll be able to’t be dancing on tables, cash grabbing your means round Europe or making an attempt to make a fast buck internet hosting an exhibition. That’s simply so egocentric. Consider the opposite folks for as soon as, that’s what this virus is about.”