Nick Kyrgios has announced his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics in a Twitter statement.
I also wouldn’t want to take an opportunity away from a healthy Aussie athlete ready to represent the country Nick Kyrgios
His schedule has shown he committed to the Olympics as well as Atlanta which is being staged at the same time, and has now opted for the ATP event not wanting to play in an empty stadium.
“I’ve also entered Atlanta. I’m tossing up my options at the same time. I’ve heard some things about the Olympics, that are very tough, restrictions wise. No guests, none of that stuff,” Kyrgios was quoted as saying by MSN sport.
The 26-year-old Aussie star went on to confirm that he will no longer be joining team Australia, saying playing without spectators “doesn’t feel right”.
He was forced to retire during his third-round match at Wimbledon with an abdominal injury and is currently receiving treatment for it.
He also cited his health was a factor in making the decision.
“I also wouldn’t want to take an opportunity away from a healthy Aussie athlete ready to represent the country,” Kyrgios posted in his statement.
“I will also take all the time I need to get my body right.”
He realises his decision could well impact on his career but insisted he did not want to play if there was no crowd present and the Olympic organisers have just announced the Games would be played behind closed doors as a result of the Covid pandemic which is rampant in Japan.
“I know I may never get that opportunity again,” he wrote.
“But I also know myself. The thought of playing in front of empty stadiums just doesn’t sit right with me. It never has.”