The Australian Nick Kyrgios He announced that he will not participate in the US Open and again criticized some of his professional colleagues for their decisions to ignore health advice during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Kyrgios follow his compatriot Ash Barty, number one in the world of women’s tennis, who the day before had also announced that he would not participate in this Grand Slam tournament, scheduled between August 31 and September 13.
“I will not play this year at the US Open,” he said. Kyrgios in a video posted on social media this Sunday.
“It hurts deep down that I can’t be competing in one of the best arenas in sports, the Arthur Ashe Stadium. But I do it for the people, for my Australians, for the hundreds and thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you. It is my decision ”, he added.
Kyrgios He said he had no problem with the USTA scheduling the tournament or having players compete in it if they choose, “as long as everyone acts appropriately and safely.”
The 25-year-old Australian tennis player also added that the lowest-paid employees at the tournament, such as restaurant staff, cleaners and locker room managers, needed the tournament to take place.
However, the world number 40 also gave another of his fellow tennis players another chance, with whom he was involved in a battle in the past two months after they chose to play in an exhibition event hosted by Novak Djokovic in Europe.
Djokovic, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Victor Troicki tested positive for Covid-19 during the event, which was quickly canceled. “Tennis players must act in their mutual interest and work together,” he added. Kyrgios.
“You cannot be dancing at the tables, making money in Europe or trying to make money quickly by organizing an exhibition. That is so selfish. Think of other people for once, that’s what this virus is about, “concluded the Australian.