Nick Kyrgios, the enfant terrible of world tennis, announced this Sunday to give up the US Open this season because of the coronavirus. Video in support, he justified his decision and tackled certain players on the circuit in particular.
TheUS Open, scheduled from August 31 behind closed doors this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, remains on borrowed time given the disastrous health situation in the United States and its frightening evolution. This had pushed the world number one in WTA ranking, the Australian Ashleigh Barty, to give up this Grand Slam tournament. That night, his compatriot Nick Kyrgios also made the decision not to go to New York, for the same reasons.
In a 1 minute and 40 second video in which he wears a sweatshirt in the colors of PSG, he justifies his choice by prudence and essential priorities: health and safety. If he has not scratched the organization of the tournament or criticized the athletes who will go to Big Apple, he did not fail to severely tackle several players in the world of the little green ball. Taking care not to name anyone, he clearly targeted Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev or Borna Coric.
“For my Australians, the hundreds of thousands of Americans who perished”
He pointed to the players “dancing on tables or organizing an exhibition tournament to raise money” in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. The one who dances is Zverev and the irresponsible organizer of the exhibition is the world number one, Djokovic. He then called on his peers to “act responsibly” before confessing his heartbreak at not being able to participate in this edition. In conclusion, he expressed his compassion and support for the “Australians, the hundreds of thousands of Americans who perished, and everyone else. “
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