Tennis: Aussie Nick Kyrgios withdraws from US Open, calls for player boycott

Australia's Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the US Open and again criticised fellow professionals for ignoring health advice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kyrgios follows compatriot and women's world No.1 Ash Barty, who withdrew from the August 31-September 13 tournament earlier this week.

"I will not be playing this year at the U.S. Open," Kyrgios says in a social media video. "It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport's greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"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."

Kyrgios has no problems with the USTA scheduling the tournament or players competing if they choose, "so long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely".

The 25-year-old says he recognises that lower-wage employees at the event, such as restaurant staff, cleaners and locker room attendants, need the tournament to take place.

But the world No.40 also took another shot at fellow players, with whom he has had a running battle over the last two months, after they chose to play in a Novak Djokovic-organised exhibition event in Europe.

Djokovic, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Victor Troicki all tested positive for COVID-19 during the event, which was hastily cancelled.

"Tennis players, you have to act in the interest of each other and work together," Kyrgios adds.

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

"Think of the other people for once, that is what this virus is about." 

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