Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has announced that he won’t be participating at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Kyrgios, ranked at No. 60 in the world, also didn’t play at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Kyrgios, who absolutely loves playing on the big stadiums with packed crowds, doesn’t want to play in Tokyo behind the closed doors.
“I just want to let you know that I’ve decided to withdraw from the Olympics,” Kyrgios wrote in a post on social media.
“It’s a decision I didn’t make lightly.
“It’s been my dream to represent Australia at the Olympics and I know I may never get that opportunity again.
“But I also know myself.
“The thought of playing in front of empty stadiums just doesn’t sit right with me.
“It never has.
“I also wouldn’t want to take an opportunity away from a healthy Aussie athletes ready to represent the country.
“I will also take all the time I need to get my body right.
“Good luck to all the Aussies competing and I’ll see you back on the court real soon.”
Kyrgios hinted he could skip the Olympics
Kyrgios, who kicked off his season at the Murray River Open in Melbourne, returned to action at Wimbledon following a five-month break.
Kyrgios made the third round at Wimbledon, before he was forced to retire midway through his match against Felix Auger-Aliassime.
After his Wimbledon exit, Kyrgios hinted he could skip the Tokyo Olympics.
“If I’m to play the Olympics I wanna do it the right way. I wanna do it with full crowds, with my guests there. I want to do it when I’m able to watch other athletes do their thing. That’s the Olympics for me. The Olympics, the way it’s going to go on, is not the Olympics,” Kyrgios said, per Reem Abulleil.