In addition to the world number one Ashleigh Barty, her Australian compatriot Nick Kyrgios will not compete at the US Open of tennis professionals in New York. “I waive for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you,” said Kyrgios in a Twitter video. It hurts him “in the soul”.
Kyrgios kept messing with other players during the Corona pandemic. The 25-year-old was one of the harshest critics of the Adriatic tour by world number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia), in which Alexander Zverev had participated. The tour had to be stopped after Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Viktor Troicki (Croatia), Borna Coric (Croatia) and Djokovic tested positive for the corona virus.
The players’ association ATP described Kyrgios as “selfish” in July because, despite the precarious situation in the country hit hard by the epidemic, it is sticking to the plans to host the US Open (from August 31).
Zverev criticizes hosting the US Open
Zverev also criticized the hosting of the US Open. “It’s a bit crazy to play the US Open now,” he said at a show tournament in the south of France. “I would prefer it if the US Open didn’t take place and we start in Europe.”
Although the man from Hamburg thought it was “not the right time to fly to America now”, he had not yet considered giving up his own business. “When the US Open takes place, what should we do players? Especially when everyone is playing, it’s also about ranking points.”
Barty also does without the US Open
Barty (24) had withdrawn from the tournament during the week. “It was a difficult decision, but there are still significant risks with COVID-19 and I don’t feel comfortable exposing myself and my team to it,” said the 2019 French Open winner.
Although many big names had questioned their start at the US tournaments, almost all top players have been registered for the start of the Cincinnati competitions starting on August 22, which will also be held in New York due to Corona, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.
with sports information service (SID)