Nick Kyrgios has officially pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, hours after the Games organisers announced it’ll be held without crowds this year.
The 26-year-old tennis star posted his announcement on social media on Friday morning, confirming that he’ll no longer be competing at the Games – which are set to kick off on July 23.
In the post, Nick said that the recent call to have no spectators at the Games contributed to his decision to withdraw, alongside not wanting to take a place in the team away from a “healthy Aussie athlete ready to represent the country”.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) July 8, 2021
“It’s a decision I didn’t make lightly,” Nick wrote.
“It’s been my dream to represent Australia at the Olympics and I know I may never get that opportunity again.
“But I also know myself. The thought of playing in front of empty stadiums just doesn’t sit right with me. It never has.”
Nick’s withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics comes after he posted an injury update to his Instagram story this week, following his forced retirement from Wimbledon with an abdomen injury.
In the post he hinted at not competing at the Olympics, with a note at the top of his rehab training plan saying his next tournament would be the Atlanta Open, which is set to run at the same time as the Olympics.
Nick Kyrgios’s Olympics announcement also confirmed he’ll be taking all the time he needs to “get his body right” following his injury at Wimbledon, which also doesn’t really confirm either way on whether he’ll be ready to compete in Atlanta, either.
“Good luck to all the Aussies competing and I’ll see you back on the court soon,” he wrote.
The Tokyo Olympics are planned to go ahead as scheduled, kicking off on July 23 in the Japan capital and running through until August 8.