Kyrgios calls for the Australian Open to be canceled

Kyrgios calls for Australian Open to be cancelled
Kyrgios calls for Australian Open to be cancelled
Kyrgios calls for the Australian Open to be cancelled

On Tuesday, Nick Kyrgios called for the Australian Open to be cancelled, while unexpectedly sympathizing with tennis world number one Novak Djokovic, who has refused to reveal his vaccination status.

The mercurial Australian believes that the year’s first Grand Slam should be postponed in January to honor the struggles that Melbourne, the tournament’s host city, has faced during the pandemic.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, the city has been under lockdown for more than 260 days, and Kyrgios suggested it was not worth risking another setback.

“I don’t think the Australian Open should go ahead just for the people in Melbourne — you have to send a message,” he said on his podcast.

‘There Are No Boundaries.”How long was (Melbourne) under lockdown?” “Is it 275 days or something?”
Martin Pakula, Victoria’s state sports minister, disagreed, saying he “couldn’t follow the logic” of Kyrgios’ comments.

“Melburnians, Victorians, and, frankly, the rest of Australia is absolutely gagging for major events,” he told reporters. “Our economy requires it, as does our state’s psyche.”

This year’s tournament took place, but players were forced to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine, crowds were restricted, and a five-day snap lockdown was declared mid-event.

Organizers are adamant that it will take place as planned in 2022, with fully vaccinated players expected to enter Australia without being quarantined or confined to bio-secure bubbles. Unvaccinated players will not be granted exemptions, according to Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, casting doubt on whether nine-time champion Djokovic, who has refused to reveal his vaccination status, will defend his title.

Kyrgios has had a tumultuous relationship with the Serbian, dubbing him a “tool” at this year’s Australian Open in response to his demands that hotel quarantine restrictions be relaxed for players.

However, he appears to have softened his stance, saying Djokovic should be able to compete regardless while referring to basketball star Kyrie Irving, who missed the start of the NBA season after refusing to get a Covid jab.

“Kyrie, Novak… these guys have given so much, made so many sacrifices.” They are global athletes who millions of people idolize,” said the Australian, who has dropped to 90th in the world rankings.

“I just think it’s morally wrong to make someone get vaccinated.”

“I’m double-vaccinated,” he added, “but I don’t think it’s right to force anyone (to be vaccinated) and say, ‘you can’t come and play here because you’re not vaccinated.”

“There are other solutions that can be tested on a daily basis.” Despite his calls for the Australian Open to be cancelled, Kyrgios has stated that it is his favourite Grand Slam, but he has little affection for the French Open.

“With the home crowd, the pressure is so different,” he said of the Australian Open.

“The French would be completely removed from the calendar; it’s the worst slam.”

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