Melbourne, August 6
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios stated on Thursday he was unlikely to play on the French Open as a result of considerations about COVID-19.
Kyrgios, who on Sunday introduced his withdrawal from the US Open, informed Australian tv he deliberate to attend till it was safer to return to the tour.
“It’s a very slim chance I’ll play in Europe. Almost slim to none, to be honest,” the 25-year-old informed Channel Nine.
“I’m going to use this (time) to stay home, train, be with my family, be with my friends and I’m just going to act responsibly, and wait till I think there’s better circumstances to play.”
Kyrgios is not any fan of clay or the French Open, which has been postponed from its typical May-June dates to a September begin as a result of pandemic.
Last yr, he stated the French Open “sucks” earlier than pulling out of the match, citing illness.
The August 13-September 13 US Open, which can be performed with out spectators, has been hit with various high-profile withdrawals, together with Australian ladies’s world No. 1 Ash Barty and males’s world No. 2 Rafa Nadal.
Canberra-based Kyrgios stated it was a straightforward resolution to drag out of the Grand Slam in New York.
“But even with the (Black Lives Matter) movement and the whole protests and that type of stuff going on over there, I just don’t think at the moment it’s the correct time to go ahead with sport, in my opinion,” he stated.
A contemporary outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne has raised questions on whether or not the Australian Open might be held in January, with the town present process a second lockdown.
Organisers are planning for it to go forward, with out followers if mandatory, however Kyrgios was unconvinced.
“With the pandemic in Melbourne, I heard on the radio today I think 700 new cases, we reached new heights in deaths,” he stated.
“I’m not sure the Australian Open will go on.” Reuters