Nick Kyrgios won't compete at the US Open amid coronavirus concerns
2020-08-02 | Since 2 Month
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has announced that he will not play at the upcoming US Open due to the coronavirus pandemic.
World No. 40 Kyrgios has been an outspoken critic of exhibition tournaments staged amid the pandemic, most notably the Adria Tour organized by Novak Djokovic.
In pulling out of the US Open, which is scheduled to begin in New York on August 31, he follows fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty, who said earlier this week she would not compete in what will be the second grand slam of the year.
"Let's take a breath here and remember what is important, which is health and safety as a community," Kyrgios said in a video released by Uninterrupted.
"We can rebuild our sport and the economy but we can never recover lives lost.
"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, the 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."
Kyrgios added that he has no problem with organizers staging the tournament, nor with players who compete and act "appropriately" and "safely."
However, he did appear to continue his criticism of the Adria Tour, after which a number of players, including world No. 1 Djokovic, tested positive for Covid-19.