Australian second best tennis player Nick Krygios has pulled out of the 2020 US Open.
A number of tennis players have questioned the United State Tennis Association (USTA) with the schedule of this year tourney in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the world.
The United States of America is the most affected country in the world with more than four million coronavirus cases with New York which is the venue for the championship having more than 400 hundred thousand affected cases.
The event which is set to hold between Monday, 31st August to Sunday, 13th September at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will be the first of the four tennis major to hold this year after the Australian Open in January before the COVID-19 outbreak.
The 25-year-old who has previously branded the organizers as selfish for planning to go ahead with the event has joined fellow country lady Ashleigh Barty who also withdrew from the hardcourt event last week.
Krygios confirmed his withdrawal in a video he posted on social media.
“It hurts me at my core not to be out there competing in one of the sport’s greatest arenas, Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“But I’m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds and thousands of Americans that have lost their lives, for all of you. “It’s my decision.”
The number 40th ranked player lashed out at fellow players for their attitude during this pandemic period.
“Let’s take a breath here and remember what’s important, which is health and safety as a community.
“We can rebuild our sport and the economy, but we can never recover lives lost.
“Tennis players, you have to act in the interest of each other and work together.
“You can’t be dancing on tables, money-grabbing your way around Europe or trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition. That’s just so selfish. Think of the other people for once, that is what this virus is about, it doesn’t care about your world ranking or how much money you have.”
Meanwhile, Former Champion British international Andy Murray has said he is ready to participate at the Flushing Meadows.
The 33-year-old who has struggled with injury in recent times is prepared to take the risk.
“The situation I’ve been in the last few years I’ve not had the opportunity to play in many Slams.
“I don’t know how many opportunities I’ll have left to play in Slams, so while I’m feeling relatively decent, I want to try and play in them and enjoy the biggest events again. I’ve missed that a lot.”