Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the US Open due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it “hurts me at my core” to overlook the match.
In a video on social media, Kyrgios, 25, additionally criticised the behaviour of some gamers in the course of the pandemic.
“Let’s take a breath right here and keep in mind what’s vital, which is well being and security as a neighborhood,” mentioned Kyrgios.
“We can rebuild our sport and the economic system, however we are able to by no means recuperate lives misplaced.”
The world quantity 40 added: “It hurts me at my core to not be on the market competing in one of many sport’s biggest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“But I’m sitting out for the individuals, for my Aussies, for the a whole bunch and 1000’s of Americans which have misplaced their lives, for all of you. It’s my determination.”
Last month, the Australian mentioned the United States Tennis Association (USTA) was “egocentric” for staging the New York match, which begins on 31 August.
The occasion is ready to be held with out followers at Flushing Meadows with gamers having to comply with strict measures.
Kyrgios now says he doesn’t have an issue with the USTA or for gamers eager to compete “as long as everybody acts appropriately and acts safely”.
Kyrgios has been a critic of males’s world primary Novak Djokovic’s determination to stage exhibition occasions in the course of the pandemic, with a lot of gamers who took half then testing constructive for the virus, together with the Serb.
“Tennis gamers, you need to act within the curiosity of one another and work collectively,” added Kyrgios.
“You cannot be dancing on tables, cash grabbing your method round Europe or attempting to make a fast buck internet hosting an exhibition. That’s simply so egocentric. Think of the opposite individuals for as soon as, that’s what this virus is about, it would not care about your world rating or how a lot cash you’ve gotten.”