Host Peter van Onselen has unloaded Nick Kyrgios for his ‘brat-like’ withdrawal from the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The number 40 in the world read a letter on his social media channels on Sunday in which the tournament exploded because it continued in New York in the middle of the global crisis later this month.
His withdrawal was discussed in the Channel 10 program on Sunday evening, when he was criticized by the panel for the way it was delivered.
“He’s just finding a way to make a really rational comment about the dangers of a tournament that, in a time like this – especially in the United States – continues the way he delivers it,” said Van Onselen on Sunday evening .
When the curfew for the corona virus hit for the first time in Melbourne history, fellow presenter comedian Tommy Little put the boat into the 25-year-old Australian player for refusing to play.
Nick Kyrgios (photo below) has taken a stance on not playing the US Open and calls on tennis fans to remember that lost lives cannot be recovered
Peter van Onselen released Nick Kyrgios on The Project on Sunday for his ‘brat’ cancellation. The US has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world: more than 4.7 million cases
“Not wanting to play Nick Kyrgios is what Nick Kyrgios has always done,” Little told Channel 10 audience.
“Like half the time he comes halfway through a game and decides he doesn’t want to play.”
Comedian Susie Youssef also had a dig at Kyrgios for his announcement.
“I watched it go,” boy and grow up. ” There is a subtle jab at Djokovic, “she said.
And he signs off with “like it or not”. A little sass. ‘
Earlier on Sunday, Kyrgios read the heartfelt letter and posted the video to social media.
“It hurts me not to participate in one of the sport’s biggest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium,” said Kyrgios.
World number 40 Nick Kyrgios said he sat the US Open for all the people who have lost their lives to the corona virus so far, including 158,000 Americans as of Sunday night
“But I’m in front of the people, in front of my Aussies, in front of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives. For everyone.’
The 25-year-old asked why tennis officials and players were “selfish” when lives were at stake.
“Let’s take a breath and remember what’s important, which is health and safety as a community,” Kyrgios wrote.
Nick Kyrgios (photo with girlfriend Chiara Passari) has withdrawn from the US Open tennis tournament, but was called ‘brat-like’ by The Project host Peter van Onselen
“We can rebuild our sport and the economy, but we can never restore lost lives.”
“I have no problem with the USTA organizing the US Open, and if players want to go, it’s up to them, as long as everyone is doing the right thing and acting safely. Nobody wants people to keep their jobs more than I do.
“I speak for the man who works in the restaurant, the cleaners, the locker room employees. These are the people who need their jobs the most and a fair game for them.
“But tennis players, you have to act in the interest of each other and work together. You cannot dance on tables, grab money in Europe or try to earn money fast for the next exhibition.
“It is so selfish. Think about the other people. That’s what this virus is about. It doesn’t matter what your world rankings are or how much money you have. Act responsibly.
“I say good luck to those players who have followed the rules and acted selflessly. Play at your own risk – and I have no problem with that.
“I’m not playing at the US Open this year.
“It hurts me not to participate in one of the sport’s biggest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium. But I sit for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives. For everyone.
“It is my decision whether I like it or not, and those are my reasons.
Kyrgios (pictured at the Australian Open in January) has wondered why tennis is so desperate to return amid the coronavirus pandemic
Kyrgios’ withdrawal came just days after Ash Nr.
Sam Stosur will also not participate in the US Open.
The US has most cases of COVID-19 from any country that did not contain the virus.
The U.S. is now suffering from widespread community transfer with 4.7 million cases, of which 2.2 million are active and 158,021 deaths according to Worldometers statistics.
More Americans have died of the coronavirus than the Korean War (36,516) and the Vietnam War (58,209) combined.
The worldwide number of coronavirus cases rose more than 18 million late Sunday evening with 690,002 deaths.
Kyrgios said it “deeply hurts” me not to play the US Open this year, and that it was important to give a health punch. Pictured: Kyrgios scores in the US Open 2019.