NICK KYRGIOS has withdrawn from the US Open over Covid-19 considerations after which blasted dancing, money-grabbing tennis stars throughout lockdown.
The Australian posted a video on social media explaining he wouldn’t be travelling to the US this month for the second tennis Slam of the yr.
The world No.40 is the one of many highest-profile stars to verify they received’t be taking part in at Flushing Meadows, following the ladies’s world No.1 Ash Barty.
Kyrgios mentioned the choice “hurts me at my core” however he reminded “egocentric” professionals to not break any guidelines or bubbles in New York.
In an open letter, the 25-year-old mentioned: “Expensive Tennis, allow us to take a breath right here and keep in mind what’s essential, which is well being and security as a group.
“We will rebuild our sport and the financial system however by no means recuperate lives misplaced.
“I’ve acquired no downside with the USTA placing on the US Open and if gamers wish to go, that’s as much as them as long as everybody acts appropriately and acts safely.
“No-one desires folks to maintain their jobs greater than me.
“I’m talking for the fellows who works within the restaurant, the cleaners, the locker-room attendants – these are folks that want their jobs again probably the most and honest play to them.
“However tennis gamers, you need to act within the pursuits of one another and work collectively.
“You’ll be able to’t be dancing on tables, money-grabbing your method round Europe or making an attempt to make a fast buck internet hosting the following exhibition. That’s simply so egocentric.
The Australian is refusing to fly to New York this month because the tennis circuit look to return post-lockdownCredit score: Alamy Dwell Information
“Consider the opposite folks for as soon as. That’s what this virus is about. It doesn’t care about your world rating or how a lot cash you’ve got. Act responsibly.”
The US Open is scheduled to begin behind closed doorways at Flushing Meadows on August 31.
Kyrgios criticised Novak Djokovic for the “bone-headed” resolution to host the Adria Tour this summer season which resulted in a variety of constructive coronavirus checks, together with for the world No.1 and his spouse Jelena.
The Canberra star additionally slammed German Alex Zverev for dancing in a Monaco nightclub days after he had mentioned he could be self-isolating at dwelling.
He added: “To these gamers which were observing the principles and performing selflessly, I say good luck to you. Play at your personal threat – and I’ve no downside with that.
“I cannot be taking part in this yr on the US Open. It hurts me at my core to not be on the market competing in one of many sports activities’ biggest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“However I’m sitting out for the folks, for my Aussies, for the tons of and hundreds of People who’ve misplaced their lives. For all of you. It’s my resolution, prefer it or not. And people are my causes.”