Nick Kyrgios was almost invisible on the court this season. His presence has certainly been missed at the US Open. Kyrgios has been active on X more than ever as he is recovering from injuries. The 28-year-old is officially out of the top 100 and might use his protected rankings to make a comeback next season. After opposing the baseline initiative taken by the ATP, Kyrgios targeted the tour schedule this time.
With the ongoing events at the US Open deemed mysterious, Kyrgios posted a sarcastic reply to Andy Roddick. The former world No.1 posted on X saying that many players are getting injured or sick at the US Open.
Lots of players going down/struggling physically w something at the Open …..
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) August 30, 2023
The Australian then teased about the tour not being long enough and the lack of events. The tour has always been hectic as players keep traveling half the time for the matches.
It’s because the tennis season isn’t long enough, there aren’t enough tournaments 😂 https://t.co/itYyTPuZ3v
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 31, 2023
The comment by Kyrgios made sense, but it was coming from a player known to play fewer matches every season. He mentioned retiring early due to the tough schedule.
Kyrgios said, “The sport’s crazy. The schedule is out of control. No f**king chance I play till I am 33, there’s no way.” He said he would retire soon but still wishes to win a grand slam and step out of the game. With the current conditions at the US Open, Kyrgios would be extra cautious in his return.
Fans doubt US Open players of getting infected with COVID-19
The season’s final grand slam has not been kind to the players. There have been rumors of COVID-19 spreading at the event. John McEnroe tested positive recently for COVID. He was at the US Open a few days before the match started, which made the public wonder about the virus’s presence at the event. There have been no confirmations about the sickness case at the event.
Even the players have been affected during the matches, as it is not clear yet what the issue is. Dominic Thiem looked fit and fine in his first round but withdrew due to sickness in the second round.
Thiem also said that he had vomited before the match. Chris Eubanks also suffered an illness mid-match and could not play like usual. Emil Ruusuvuori had also pulled out due to sickness before his opening match.
I’m gonna need the remaining competitors in the US Open to mask up and isolate cos sickness is tearing through this tournament
— Autistic Tennis Fan (@AutisticTennis) August 30, 2023
Ons Jabeur had breathing issues and struggled to play in her opening match. She said that she even thought of retiring during the match. The pandemic had severely affected the tennis tour three years ago, and the players’ health was compromised. The tour cannot afford another year like the 2020 season, as the US Open organizers must be more careful.