Andy Murray 'willing to take risk' to participate at US Open

Ross Houston
August 5, 2020

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has announced that he will not play at the upcoming US Open due to the coronavirus pandemic. So long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely.

The famously outspoken Australian, now ranked 40th in the world, also took the opportunity to take a group of unnamed players to task for "selfish" conduct, imploring them to "think of the other people for once".

While Kyrgios didn't take issue with the event, he called out players for "dancing on tables" and "trying to make a quick buck" on the exo circuit.

Kyrgios, ranked just world No. 40 but still considered to be a major draw-card, last month blasted the ATP Tour as "selfish" for pressing ahead with plans for the Flushing Meadows event.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who has already had coronavirus after hosting an exhibition event in Serbia and Croatia without following social distancing protocols, and defending champion Rafael Nadal have both previously expressed doubts about playing in the tournament.

"The Ash Barty withdrawal, I think we will see it quite a bit-I have heard some of the top male players aren't going to play".

"It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing at one of the sports' greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium".

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the US Open because of concerns over the coronavirus and in honour of the "hundreds and thousands of Americans" who have died from COVID-19. He was also forceful in reproaching the players' performance in the controversial Adria Tour. Play at your own risk, and I have no problem with that.

For those players who have been complying with the rules and have acted in a disinterested way: I wish you good luck. It is worth mentioning that Corona has the highest effect in America and 45 lakh people have been affected by this epidemic so far, while more than 150,000 people have lost their lives.

In pulling out of the US Open, which is scheduled to begin in NY on August 31, he follows fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty, who said earlier this week she would not compete in what will be the second grand slam of the year.

His fellow Australian, women's No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, announced Wednesday that she is skipping the tournament. If they don't feel safe and don't feel comfortable traveling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it's completely understandable.

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