Nick Kyrgios is the latest tennis player to pull out of the US Open, citing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, he explained his reasoning for bowing out in a video, criticizing the Grand Slam event which is scheduled to take place in New York from August 31 to September 13.

The Australian tennis player penned a letter starting, “Dear Tennis,” and reflecting on the severity of the virus and asking his fellow players to consider everything before participating in the Flushing Meadows event. 

The 25-year-old said:

“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. I’ve got no problem with the USTA putting on the US Open, and if players want to go that’s up to them. So long as…

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