The Australian has confirmed he will not be coming to New York. “I’m doing this for the people, for my Australians, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives”, he said. Australian Nick Kyrgios, 40th in the world, announced on Saturday that he would not travel to New York to play the US Open (August 31-September 13) due to the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic in the United States . “I won’t be playing at the US Open this year. It hurts me deep down … But I’m doing this for the people, for my Australians, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you ”, he said in a video posted on social media. Kyrgios’ decision was expected, two days after his withdrawal from the Cincinnati Masters 1000, relocated to Flushing Meadows the week before the Grand Slam tournament. Like him, her compatriot Ashleigh Barty has also given up on participating in the US Open this week. In his video post, the Australian felt it was time to focus on “What is important, namely health and safety”, while being careful not to criticize the American Tennis Federation for its decision to maintain the event.
Kyrgios also attacked “Selfish players”, without naming them: “You have to act in each other’s best interests and work together, you can’t dance on tables and make money to make your way through Europe or try to make some quick money in organizing an exhibition. “ In his sights: Novak Djokovic, who tested positive for Covid-19 after having organized a friendly tournament in June, without respecting the rules of physical distancing. Alexander Zverev, also, who had been seen partying, a few days after his participation in the Djokovic tournament, and also contracted the virus. Kyrgios, who had already been vindictive to them in early July, ordered them to “Think of others for once” : “That’s what it’s about with this virus, it doesn’t care about your world rankings or your money, act responsibly. To these players, I say good luck. You play at your own risk and I have no problem with that. “