Australia’s Nick Kyrgios stated on Thursday he’s unlikely to play on the French Open due to considerations about COVID-19.
Kyrgios, who on Sunday introduced his withdrawal from the U.S. Open, instructed Australian tv he deliberate to wait 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 instructed 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 no fan of clay or the French Open, which has been postponed from its standard May-June dates to a September begin due to the pandemic.
Last yr, he stated the French Open “sucks” earlier than pulling out of the event, citing illness.
The Aug. 13-Sept. 13 U.S. Open, which will probably be performed with out spectators, has been hit with a quantity of high-profile withdrawals together with Australian girls’s world primary Ash Barty and males’s world quantity two Rafa Nadal.
Canberra-based Kyrgios stated it was a simple determination to pull 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 recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne has raised questions on whether or not the Australian Open may be held in January, with the town present process a second lockdown.
Organisers are planning for it to go forward, with out followers if crucial, 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.”