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Nick Kyrgios says decision to let Grand Slam tournament go ahead is ‘selfish’

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Nick Kyrgios has shown his distaste towards the Grand Slam tournament going ahead under restrictions, yet the Greek-Australian isn’t alone in his worries.

Upon the reveal that the US Open is to go ahead with no spectators, Nick Kyrgios took to Twitter to label the decision as “selfish”.

The Greek-Australian tennis player expressed that it wasn’t fair that Australian players will be forced to undergo a two-week quarantine period.

Kyrgios was backed up, however, by Women’s World No. 1 Ash Barty, who revealed her worries in a guarded email to The Associated Press.

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“I have concerns, too,” Barty said.

“I understand the tournaments are eager to run but keeping everyone safe has to be the priority.”

Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts after missing a shot during her match against Jennifer Brady of the United States at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said on Twitter the United States Tennis Association will take “extraordinary precautions” to protect players and staff at the grand slam tournament, including robust testing, additional cleaning and extra locker room space.

Despite his reassurances, Men’s World No.1 Novak Djokovic and reigning US Open men’s champion Rafael Nadal also expressed doubts about the tournament.

Spaniard Nadal said earlier this month he would not travel to the US Open in present circumstances, while Djokovic said playing the event this year would be impossible given “extreme” protocols that would be in place.

Nick Kyrgios has recently expressed his doubts over sport carrying on as a whole, responding to the new Ultimate Tennis Showdown tournament.

“I’m just not on board with new tennis events and sport going on in general with everything that’s going on at the moment,” Kyrgios said in a public reply to the UTS Showdown Twitter.

Despite his negative attitude towards the event, organisers of the tournament expressed that they would still love for him to “get involved” and to “get in touch with us if you’re down”.

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