Nick Kyrgios says Australian Open should be CANCELLED and chooses Novak Djokovic: ‘It’s wrong to force someone to get vaccinated’
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has called for the 2022 Australian Open to be canceled due to the recent Covid-19 lockdowns in Melbourne.
The controversial star made the shock claim about the grand slam on his podcast ‘No Boundaries’.
Kyrgios also jumped to the defense of world number one Novak Djokovic, who may not be able to defend his Australian Open crown due to a new mandate for players to be vaccinated.
“I don’t think the Aus Open should go on, just for the people of Melbourne – you have to send a message,” Kyrgios said in the podcast.
‘How long did (Melbourne) last in lockdown? 275 days or something?’
Kyrgios, who is fully vaccinated, believed Djokovic should be able to compete regardless of his vaccination status, and is referring to American basketball star Kyrie Irving, who missed the start of the NBA season because he refused to get the jab.
“Kyrie, Novak… These guys have given so much, sacrificed so much. They are global athletes that millions of people look up to,” Kyrgios said.
“I just think it’s morally wrong to force someone to get vaccinated.
“I’ve been doubly vaccinated, but I just don’t think it’s right to force someone (to get vaccinated) and say ‘you can’t come here to play because you haven’t been vaccinated.’
“There are other solutions around it, (like) to be tested every day. In the United States, I know they have rapid tests, and it’s coming to Australia. It’s a pass rate of 85%, you wait 15 minutes and then you can play.”
More to come.