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Nick Kyrgios will not play United States Open due to coronavirus issues

SYDNEY (AP) – Nick Kyrgios has actually withdrawn from the U.S. Open since of issues over the coronavirus and in honor of the “hundreds and thousands of Americans” who have actually passed away from COVID-19

Kyrgios stated in an Instagram post on Sunday that he had no issue with the United States Tennis Association case with its strategies to hold the competition from Aug. 31 to Sept.13 However he mentioned health and wellness issues in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic as he signed up with fellow Australian and world No. 1 Ash Barty in pulling out of the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam competition.

“I will not be playing this year at the U.S. 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 stated 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 includes, “but we can never recover lives lost.”

Kyrgios likewise slammed gamers who have actually continued to play exhibit competitions in the previous a number of months, chastising them for “dancing on tables, money grabbing your way around Europe, trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition.”

There have actually been a variety of exhibit occasions held, the most prominent one arranged by No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic. It was kept in a number of nations and pictures of viewers at the occasions revealed bad social distancing.

Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric later on evaluated favorable to COVID-19 Kyrgios explained the choice to go on with the exhibit as “boneheaded,” stating individuals needed to adhere to the procedures.

On Thursday, Barty stated she did not feel comfy about taking a trip throughout the pandemic. She will choose in the coming weeks whether to protect her French Open title. The Roland Garros competition begins on Sept. 27.


More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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