Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the U.S. Open due to considerations over the coronavirus and in honor of the “a whole bunch and hundreds of Individuals” who’ve died from COVID-19.
Kyrgios mentioned in an Instagram submit on Sunday that he had no drawback with the USA Tennis Affiliation continuing with its plans to carry the match from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. However he cited well being and security considerations amid the coronavirus pandemic as he joined fellow Australian and world No. 1 Ash Barty in opting out of the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam match.
“I can’t be taking part in this yr on the U.S. Open. It hurts me at my core to not be on the market competing in one of many sport’s best arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium,” Kyrgios mentioned within the video. “However I’m sitting out for the folks, for my Aussies, for the a whole bunch and hundreds of Individuals which have misplaced their lives, for all of you. It’s my choice.”
“We are able to rebuild our sport and the economic system,” Kyrgios provides, “however we will by no means recuperate lives misplaced.”
Kyrgios additionally criticized gamers who’ve continued to play exhibition tournaments previously a number of months, chastising them for “dancing on tables, cash grabbing your manner round Europe, making an attempt to make a fast buck internet hosting an exhibition.”
There have been numerous exhibition occasions held, essentially the most high-profile one organized by No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic. It was held in a number of international locations and images of spectators on the occasions confirmed poor social distancing.
Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric later examined constructive to COVID-19. Kyrgios described the choice to go forward with the exhibition as “boneheaded,” saying folks needed to follow the protocols.
On Thursday, Barty mentioned she didn’t really feel comfy about touring in the course of the pandemic. She is going to resolve within the coming weeks whether or not to defend her French Open title. The Roland Garros match begins on Sept. 27.