US Open 2020: Nick Kyrgios to skip Flushing Meadows Grand Slam due to coronavirus concerns
Kyrgios said in an Instagram post on Sunday that he had no problem with the United States Tennis Association proceeding with its plans to hold the tournament from 31 August to 13 September.
Sydney: Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the US Open because of concerns over the coronavirus and in honour of the "hundreds and thousands of Americans" who have died from COVID-19.
Kyrgios said in an Instagram post on Sunday that he had no problem with the United States Tennis Association proceeding with its plans to hold the tournament from 31 August to 13 September. But he cited health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic as he joined fellow Australian and world No. 1 Ash Barty in opting out of the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam.
"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, Arthur Ashe Stadium," Kyrgios said in the video. "But I'm sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds and thousands of Americans that have lost their lives, for all of you. It's my decision."
"We can rebuild our sport and the economy," Kyrgios adds, "but we can never recover lives lost."
Kyrgios also criticised players who have continued to play exhibition tournaments, chastising them for "dancing on tables, money grabbing your way around Europe, trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition."
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The US Open — usually the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, but the second of 2020 because of the pandemic — is scheduled to run 31 August to 13 September.
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