Kyrgios cancels for US Open, Shutter understands doubts tennis world

tennis player Nick Kyrgios will not participate in this year’s US Open due to the corona pandemic. The Australian follows the example of Ashleigh Barty, the world‘s number one among women.

“It hurts me to the core”, explains Kyrgios in a video message on social media. “But I skip for the people, for my ‘Aussies’, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you.”

‘You can restore economics, not a human life’

“We can rebuild our sport and the economy, but not for a lifetime,” adds Kyrgios.

The flamboyant tennis player, however, is also understanding that the Grand Slam tournament is going on. “I have no problem with the American tennis association organizing the US Open, as long as everyone behaves correctly and safely. I think it’s extremely important that everyone can keep their court, such as employees in the restaurants or security guards in the locker rooms.”

View the video message of Kyrgios in the tweet below:

The U.S. Tennis Association announced on Friday that it expects the tournament to go ahead. In consultation with doctors, security experts and the state of New York, the USTA has drawn up a plan to minimize the risk of infection with the coronavirus. The US Open should start on August 31st.

Doubt at Bertens

In this way the organization hopes to dispel the doubts of many tennis players. Several players, including Kiki Bertens, are not yet sure whether they think it is responsible to travel to the United States.

Raemon Sluiter, who is currently working with the German Julia Gรถrges, confirms the uncertainty in the tennis world. “I notice that quite a lot of players and players still want to wait and see how everything will develop”, says the Rotterdammer.

“Julia is also very hesitant to go to New York, but her choice is not final yet. I would have to think about going myself as well. After all, I also have to think about my own environment.”

For tennis players from Europe there is the attractive option to wait for the tournaments of Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros in September and October. These events are scheduled immediately after the US Open.

But it’s also a risk. For example, the coronavirus is reappearing in Spain, which means that a tournament like Madrid can still be cancelled.

“It’s tricky, but at some point the show has to go on”, says Sluiter. “The players also have to make money. But I’m afraid of tennis anyway. The WTA has suffered a huge blow due to the disappearance of the tournaments in Asia. How are they gonna catch this?”