Nick Kyrgios likely to skip Tokyo Olympics over coronavirus concerns and play at a minor US tournament instead – after Ben Simmons pulled out of Australian basketball team
Nick Kyrgios looks set to bypass this month’s Olympics in Tokyo and head to the USA for his next tournament
Nick Kyrgios looks set to bypass this month’s Olympics in Tokyo and head to the USA for his next tournament – following in the footsteps of compatriot Ben Simmons.
Kyrgios, who was forced out of Wimbledon with an abdominal injury during his third-round match, said he was yet to make a decision.
He gave a strong hint then he may not travel to Tokyo on Tuesday, saying the Covid-19 pandemic had heavily impacted his view of the Games.
‘If I’m to play the Olympics I want to do it the right way,’ he said. ‘With full crowds, with my guests there… when I’m able to watch other athletes do their thing.
‘That’s the Olympics for me. The Olympics, the way it’s going to go on, is not the Olympics.’
Kyrgios, who was forced out of Wimbledon with an abdominal injury during his third-round match, said he was yet to make a decision
Kyrgios would become the latest major casualty to Australia’s medal hopes after NBA star Ben Simmons pulled out of the Boomers team for the upcoming Olympics
The world No.60 told reporters at Wimbledon he had entered a tournament in Atlanta, which will be held at the same time as the Olympics at the end of July.
Kyrgios posted a page of work-out notes on Instagram on Wednesday morning which included the line ‘Next tournament Atlanta 250’.
Kyrgios won the ATP tournament there in 2016.
Australia’s chef de mission Ian Chesterman said this week while the AOC would love to have Kyrgios on board, it would respect his decision.
Youngster Alexei Popyrin or Jordan Thompson may be included as his replacement in the men’s singles should the 26-year-old withdraw.
‘I understand and respect his decision, whichever way he goes,’ Chesterman said of Kyrgios.
‘People have to believe they can perform under these different circumstances, so Nick will make his own decisions and we’ll respect that.
‘We have to acknowledge it’s been a very difficult lead up for all athletes.’
The world No.60 told reporters at Wimbledon he had entered a tournament in Atlanta, which will be held at the same time as the Olympics at the end of July
Getting cosy: The pair looked besotted as they snuggled up to one another and watched the game unfold from the stands
Kyrgios would become the latest major blow to Australia’s medal hopes after NBA star Ben Simmons pulled out of the Boomers team.
The Philadelphia 76ers point guard was widely criticised after a hugely underwhelming finals series against the Atlanta Hawks where Philadelphia crashed out in Game 7 at home.
After this dismal display, the 24-year-old told Australia he would not be representing them in Tokyo, instead using the summer to ‘to focus on individual skill development’.
The decision was met with widespread disappointment from Australians, who were further angered upon seeing him at Wimbledon with his Instagram-famous girlfriend Maya Jama on Monday.
‘Ben Simmons couldn’t turn up for Australia in the Olympics but rocks up to Wimbledon… what a drag,’ one person posted to social media.
‘Ben Simmons skipped the Olympics to “work on his shot” but ended up watching tennis at Wimbledon,’ another tweeted.
A third fan asked: ‘I wonder what his Boomers “teammates” think of this’ after San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills expressed his disappointment at the decision.
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