US Open: Nick Kyrgios withdraws from 2020 tournament over coronavirus concerns

Nick Kyrgios will not play at this year’s US Open having made the decision to withdraw from the Flushing Meadows major because of his concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

World number 40 Kyrgios said his decision ‘hurts me at my core’, while criticising some of his fellow players in a video posted on social media.

Kyrgios will not be taking part at Flushing Meadows this year, with the US Open due to start on August 31

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“I’ve got no problem with the USTA putting on the US Open and if players want to go,” began Kyrgios, “that’s up to them so long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely.

“But tennis players, you have to act in the interests of each other and work together.

“You can’t be dancing on tables, money-grabbing your way around Europe or trying to make a quick buck hosting the next exhibition. That’s just so selfish.

“Think of the other people for once. That’s what this virus is about. It doesn’t care about your world ranking or how much money you have. Act responsibly.”

The US Open is scheduled to start behind closed doors at Flushing Meadows on August 31.