In pulling out of the US Open, which is scheduled to start in New York on August 31, he follows fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty, who mentioned earlier this week she wouldn’t compete in what would be the second grand slam of the yr. “Let’s take a breath right here and bear in mind what’s essential, which is well being and security as a group,” Kyrgios mentioned in a video launched by Uninterrupted.
“We are able to rebuild our sport and the economic system however we will by no means get better lives misplaced.
“I cannot be enjoying this yr on the US Open. It hurts me at my core to not be on the market competing in one of many sport’s best arenas, the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“However I am sitting out for the folks, for my Aussies, for the a whole lot of hundreds of People who’ve misplaced their lives, for all of you.”
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Kyrgios added that he has no drawback with organizers staging the match, nor with gamers who compete and act “appropriately” and “safely.”
Nonetheless, he did seem to proceed his criticism of the Adria Tour, after which a variety of gamers, together with world No. 1 Djokovic, examined optimistic for Covid-19.
“Tennis gamers, it’s important to act within the pursuits of one another and work collectively,” mentioned Kyrgios.
“You’ll be able to’t be dancing on tables, money-grabbing your means round Europe or making an attempt to make a fast buck internet hosting an exhibition.
“That is simply so egocentric.”
READ: Serena Williams helps to donate 4.25 million face masks to schoolsThe Adria Tour was scheduled to be performed in 4 cities throughout the Balkans from June 13 to July 5, however was canceled when Djokovic, his spouse Jelena, three different gamers, three coaches and one participant’s pregnant spouse examined optimistic for the virus.After his optimistic check, Djokovic apologized for inflicting hurt and mentioned the occasions had been organized “to lastly unite folks for philanthropic causes.”World No. three Dominic Thiem, who competed within the Adria Tour, has additionally defended Djokovic, telling CNN Sport final month that the occasions “did not break any legislation.”Strict measures have been proposed by organizers to allow the US Open to happen, together with the thought of making a bubble for gamers at an airport lodge outdoors Manhattan — the place most gamers keep — and proscribing entourage numbers to only one.
The primary WTA match since March is scheduled to get underway on Monday as preparation for the US Open begins.
It was introduced one participant had examined optimistic for coronavirus forward of the Palermo Girls Open, however that the match would nonetheless go forward as deliberate.