Nick Kyrgios Withdraws from US Open Over Coronavirus Concerns: 'Play at Your Own Risk'

Kyrgios' decision comes less than two months after he publicly criticized the United States Tennis Association's decision to proceed with the annual tournament, which is scheduled to take place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.

"People that live in the US of course are pushing the Open to go ahead," Kyrgios wrote on Twitter in June, adding a face-palm emoji. "‘Selfish’ I’ll get my hazmat suit ready for when I travel from Australia and then have to quarantine for 2 weeks on my return."

Other tennis stars have also voiced their concerns over the tournament amid the COVID-19 pandemic, such as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

The ATP tour as a whole was postponed until the end of July. The French Open has been postponed to September 20, while organizers decided to cancel Wimbledon.

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