Australian Nick Kyrgios, who has pulled out of the US Open Grand Slam event in New York due to concerns about the current health crisis, says that he is unlikely to play again this year and also spoke about World No. 2 Rafael Nadal's decision to skip the US Open event as well.
Nick Kyrgios says he was not surprised by Rafael Nadal's decision to skip US Open
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has decided to skip the US Open in New York as well due to concerns about the current scenario as has women's World No.
1 Ash Barty, who like Kyrgios, is from Australia. The 25 year old Kyrgios was speaking on Nine's Today show where he says, "I wasn't necessarily surprised by Rafa's decision. I think he's more eyeing the French Open, and if I was to play I'd probably definitely rather go to Europe at this time of year for sure with everything going on."
The Australian says he is training at home and staying with family and friends and added that it is unlikely that he would travel to Europe later in the year to play events there. "It was an easy decision for me to pull out of the US Open with everything going on over in the States at the moment, with COVID.
But even with the [Black Lives Matter] movement and the whole protests and that type of stuff going on over there, I just don't think at the moment it's the correct time to go ahead with sport in my opinion. It's a very slim chance I'll play in Europe.
Almost slim to none to be honest. I'm going to use this [time] to stay home, train, be with my family, be with my friends and I'm just going to act responsibly, and wait till I think there's better circumstances to play."
Looking ahead to the Australian Open Grand Slam event in Melbourne in January, Kyrgios did not sound very optimistic about the Melbourne Grand Slam event either. "I'm not even too sure the Australian Open this time will be going ahead as it did at the start of the year.
With the pandemic in Melbourne, I heard on the radio today I think 700 new cases, we reached new heights in deaths; just sad times really in Melbourne. I'm not sure the Australian Open will go on." Nick Kyrgios is currently ranked No.
40 in the world and has been as high as No. 13 in the world. He has won six ATP titles in his career.