Kyrgios pulls out of US Open due to COVID-19 fears

Nick Kyrgios has followed the lead of fellow Australian Ash Barty, by withdrawing from the US Tennis Open.

Officials have opted to proceed with the grand slam event in September, but it will now be missing two big names.

Kyrgios says he has no problem with the tournament going ahead, but he won’t be a part of it amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


“I will not be playing this year at the US Open. It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport’s greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium,” Kyrgios said. 

“But I’m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds and thousands of Americans that have lost their lives, for all of you. It’s my decision.” 

Barty announced her intentions not to take part in the tournament along with the Western and Southern Open warm-up event during the week.

She said she didn’t want to put her team at risk.

“I love both events so it was a difficult decision but there are still significant risks involved due to Covid-19 and I don’t feel comfortable putting my team and I in that position,” she said.