Following the example of Ashleigh Barty, Nick Kyrgios has also decided not to participate in the US Open. The flamboyant Australian considers it irresponsible to travel to the United States because of the corona crisis.
“Think about other people. That’s what this virus is about. It’s not about your ranking or how much money you have,” said Kyrgios in a video in which he addresses his fellow tennis players.
“Take responsibility. To those who abide by the rules of the US Open and only think of themselves, I say good luck. Participate at your own risk, I’m fine with it.”
Kyrgios recently criticized the organization of the US Open, which continues despite the coronavirus problems – more than 150,000 people have died from the effects of COVID-19 in the US. However, there are very strict rules at the Grand Slam tournament.
“It hurts to the core of my body to miss one of the most beautiful sporting events, but I will stay away from all Australians, from the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have died, from everyone,” said Kyrgios.
The US Open includes travel restrictions for tennis players from other continents; they must first be quarantined for two weeks when they arrive in the US. The US Open opens on August 31.