Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the US Open as he believes there are much more important things than tennis right now. Kyrgios, ranked at No. 40 in the world, has made seven appearances at the US Open throughout his career and he has never made it past the third round at the event.
The US Open organizers have a plan of how to safely proceed with the event but from the start Kyrgios wasn't a fan of staging the event in the middle of a pandemic. The 25-year-old Australian also took a swipe at Novak Djokovic and those who participated at the Adria Tour as he described the scenes that happened at the event as "selfish."
"Let’s take a breath here and remember what’s important, which is health and safety as a community. We can re-build our sport and the economy but we can never recover lives lost,” Kyrgios said in a video posted on the Uninterrupted social media account created by LeBron James, as quoted on Stuff.
“I have got no problem with the USTA putting on the US Open and if players want to go, that’s up to them, so long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely. "No-one wants people to keep their jobs more than me.
I am speaking for the guy who works in the restaurants, the cleaners and the locker room attendants. These are the people who need their jobs back the most and fair play to them. “But tennis players - we have to act in the interests of each other and work together."
Kyrgios takes a swipe at the Adria Tour
"You can’t be dancing on tables, money-grabbing your way around Europe or trying to make a quick buck, hosting an exhibition. That’s just so selfish. Think of the other people for once.
That’s what this virus is about," Kyrgios said. “It doesn’t care about your world ranking or how much money you have. Act responsibly. "To those players who have been observing the rules and acting selflessly, I say good luck to you.
Play at your own risk, and I have no problem with that. “I will not be playing this year at the US Open. “It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport’s greatest arenas Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“But I’m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you. It is my decision, like it or not. And those are my reasons”.