Nick Kyrgios looks set to bypass this month’s Olympics in Tokyo and head to the United States for his next tournament. The Australian crowd favorite, who was forced out of Wimbledon with a stomach ulcer during his third round match, is currently on holiday in the Bahamas.
From there, he posted a training notes page on Instagram, which included a line: “Next Tournament – Atlanta 250”. Kyrgios won the ATP tournament there in 2016.
World No. 60 told reporters at Wimbledon that he had entered Atlanta, which is being held at the same time as the Olympics in late July. He said he had not yet made a decision, but gave a strong tip, so he may not have traveled to Tokyo, saying the Covid-19 pandemic had had a strong impact on his views on the Games.
“If I have to play the Olympics, I want to do it the right way,” Kyrgios said. “With full crowds, with my guests there … when I’m able to see other athletes do their thing. It’s the Olympics for me. The Olympics, as it will continue, are not the Olympics. ”
Australian Head of Mission Ian Chesterman said this week while the AOC would love to have Kyrgios on board, it would respect his decision. Young Alexei Popyrin or Jordan Thompson could be included as his replacement in men’s singles if the 26-year-old retires.
“I understand and respect his decision no matter which way he goes,” Chesterman said of Kyrgios. “People have to believe that they can perform in these different circumstances, so Nick makes his own decisions and we respect that. We have to acknowledge that it has been a very difficult start for all athletes. ”