Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has clarified his comments on the Australian Open as he insisted his comments on the opening Grand Slam of the season were “taken out of context.”
A few days ago, Kyrgios appeared to suggest the Australian Open should be cancelled.
Kyrgios, 26, made the Australian Open quarterfinal in 2015 before losing to Andy Murray.
“I don’t think the Aus Open should go ahead, just for the people in Melbourne – you’ve got to send a message,” Kyrgios said on his “No Boundaries” podcast. “How long did [Melbourne] do in lockdown? 275 days or something?”
Kyrgios took to Instagram to provide the context
“First of all, I just want to clear up a couple of things. As you know, I’ve started a new podcast with two of my childhood friends, and some things have been taken out of context regarding the Australian Open,” he said. “I just wanted to send this video to clear it up, and have a bit of clarity.
“Tennis has been such a big part of my life for 15 years-plus. I have given myself and a lot of sacrifice every single day for this sport. I love it. To say I would want the Australian Open cancelled, that was the sentence that was taken out of context.
“It’s more so for the people of Melbourne, who have been through hell. I think it’s been 275 days, nearly 300 days of lockdown, and your freedom has been taken away from you.
“I don’t think it’s morally right to accept players from overseas that aren’t vaccinated, to come into our country.”
The Australian Open has yet to make the official announcement regarding the 2022 edition.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews is keen on not allowing unvaccinated players at play at Melbourne Park.
This past February, Kyrgios made the Australian Open third round before blowing a two-set lead against Dominic Thiem.