Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the U.S. Open due to considerations over the coronavirus and in honor of the “hundreds and thousands of Americans” who’ve died from COVID-19.
Kyrgios said in an Instagram post on Sunday that he had no downside with the United States Tennis Association continuing with its plans to carry the match from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. But he cited health 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 will not be playing this year at the U.S. Open. It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport’s greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium,” Kyrgios said in the video. “But I’m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds and thousands of Americans that have lost their lives, for all of you. It’s my decision.”
“We can rebuild our sport and the economy,” Kyrgios provides, “but we can never recover lives lost.”
Kyrgios additionally criticized gamers who’ve continued to play exhibition tournaments in the previous a number of months, chastising them for “dancing on tables, money grabbing your way around Europe, trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition.”
There have been various exhibition occasions held, the most high-profile one organized by No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic. It was held in a number of nations and images of spectators at the occasions confirmed poor social distancing.
Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric later examined optimistic to COVID-19. Kyrgios described the determination to go forward with the exhibition as “boneheaded,” saying folks needed to follow the protocols.
On Thursday, Barty said she didn’t really feel snug about touring throughout the pandemic. She will resolve in the coming weeks whether or not to defend her French Open title. The Roland Garros match begins on Sept. 27.