Australian stars, Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios, have officially pulled out of the US Open, with Kyrgios continuing his criticism of his fellow players for travelling and continuing to play during the height of the pandemic. "We can rebuild our sport and the economy, but we can never recover lives lost", he said. "So long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely", he continued.
The famously outspoken Australian, now ranked 40th in the world, also took the opportunity to take a group of unnamed players to task for "selfish" conduct, imploring them to "think of the other people for once". The current world number 40 was a rank outsider who was priced at 40/1 weeks before the event; he'll not be much shorter odds for the French Open.
Strict measures have been proposed by organizers to enable the US Open to take place, including the idea of creating a bubble for players at an airport hotel outside Manhattan - where most players stay - and restricting entourage numbers to just one. "It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport's greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium", Kyrgios said in the video.
"Until that is certain it is hard for people to agree to go over there, because if you catch something and have to spend a few weeks or potentially a month, in a hospital in America it is tens of thousands of pounds".
He also took a shot at the group of players, including Djokovic, who had continued playing over the past few months.
Former world No. 1 Andy Murray thinks the majority of players will follow the strict health restrictions set by the US Open organizers but underlines there will be those who will break rules.
"Tennis players, you have to act in the interests of each other and work together", he said. Play by taking your own risks.
Women's world No 1 and fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty was the first high profile name to withdraw from the US Open last week.
Per Baltic news website Delfi, Latvian Ostapenko said she feels its "too dangerous" to travel to the United States to play.
New York City has been one of the cities hit worst during the coronavirus pandemic.