Nick Kyrgios, 40th in the world ranking, announced that he will not play the United States Open from August 31 to September 13, due to the risks of the coronavirus pandemic in that country.
“I will not play at the US Open this year. It hurts deep down … But I am doing this for the people, for my compatriots, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for everyone,” he said in a video published on social networks.
Kyrgios, who had already retired from the Cincinnati Masters 1000, thus joins his compatriot Ashleigh Barty in his resignation from the American tournament.
The tennis player commented that it was time to focus on “what is important, which is health and safety.” The 40th in the world, who has always been critical of the celebration of the great New Yorker, indicated that he had “no problem” with the decision of the organizers to carry out the event or with the players.
“If they want to go, it is up to them, but as long as they act appropriately and safely,” he warned before sending them a harsh message to cite their “reasons” for not competing on the date. “But tennis players, you have to act in everyone’s interest and work together,” he remarked, making it clear that he does not see well those who have been “trying to make quick money organizing an exhibition”, as could be the case of the Serbian Novak Djokovic.
“You have to think of others for once. This is what this virus is about. World ranking or money are not important. To players who think differently, I say good luck, but they play at their own risk. We can rebuild the sport and the economy, but we can never recover the loss of life, “concluded the Australian.