Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios has acknowledged that many players on the Tour haven't been vaccinated and that those who haven't taken the jab can't be complaining. The Tour was suspended for five months last season, before resuming in August.
Since then, the situation has been slowly improving as fans have returned to the stands and there are less bubbles at tournaments. "Obviously with the players not getting vaccinated, we can't complain, it's our fault. If we get vaccinated the tournaments will open up, the prize money will be increased, but at this moment in time we can't complain," Kyrgios said, per John Horn.
Kyrgios pulled out of the Winston-Salem Open
Kyrgios had been scheduled to play his Winston-Salem first round match on Sunday but he pulled out of the tournament at the last moment due to a knee injury. Recently, Kyrgios revealed he feels wierd about this stage of his career.
"Honestly, I don't miss it so much anymore," Kyrgios said, when asked did he miss the Tour. "It's good to be back, of course, especially in these tournaments where I'm so comfortable and there are a lot of people, hopefully everything goes well.
"Instead, the situation is still crazy, every time I play a tournament I feel those vibes that tell me that this could be the last time I am here. In Atlanta I felt the same. It's like I don't know where I am, I feel weird, I feel weird about my career right now.
Seeing the fans again is the best part of being back, seeing all their support." Yet Eugenie Bouchard believes that Kyrgios is good for the game. "I don’t think Reilly Opelka touched the net. Nick Kyrgios was just finding and picking things to get angry on.
But it’s still entertaining. I’m still a fan. I think tennis needs a bad guy like Nick," Bouchard said on Tennis Channel.