Australian tennis professional Nick Kyrgios withdraws from the upcoming U.S.Open tournament in New York. The reason for the same is his respect for the Australians, as well as a large number of deaths in the United States due to the pandemic.
Although the decision is personally painful for the 25-year- old player, the same is a necessity too, according to him. He announced this news on his Twitter account. He writes, “I will not be playing this year at the U.S.Open. It hurts me at my core. But I am sitting out for the people, for my Aussies. And also for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives. For all of you.”
” We Can Rebuild Our Sport, But Never Recover Lost Lives” – Nick Kyrgios
Further, Kyrgios is known for being an outspoken player. He did not stop himself from calling out on some of the members of the tennis circuit. Additionally, the Australian found some players acting selfishly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the U.S.Open is starting from August 31, he doesn’t have any issues with the organizers. However, he said, “Let us take a breath here. And remember what is important, which is health and safety as a community. We can rebuild our sport and economy but we can never recover lost lives.”
In addition to this, he also said, “I have got no problem with the USTA putting on the U.S.Open. If the players want to go, it is up to them. No one wants people to keep their jobs more than me. I am speaking for the guy who works in a restaurant, the cleaners, and locker room attendants. These are the people who need their jobs back.”
Moreover, he also did not refrain from lashing out on the ‘selfish’ group of people. Additionally, players like Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev did break rules of self-isolation. While Novak threw a post-tournament party, Zverev was also busy partying, rather than self-isolating himself.