Nick Kyrgios withdraws from Tokyo Olympics citing empty stadiums and injuries


Games organizers announced Thursday that the Tokyo venues for the pandemic-delayed event will not accommodate spectators due to the city’s coronavirus state of emergency.

The new state of emergency for the capital will run from July 12 to August 22, covering the entire 16 days of the besieged Games.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Kyrgios wrote: “This is a decision I did not take lightly. It was my dream to represent Australia at the Olympics and I know I will not. – never be this opportunity again.

“But I know myself too. The idea of ​​playing in front of empty stadiums just doesn’t suit me. It never has.”

Australia's Nick Kyrgios falls as he comes back against France's Ugo Humbert in their men's singles first round match on Day 3 of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.
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There are a total of 42 sites listed on the Tokyo 2020 website. Twenty-five are in Tokyo and the rest are in seven other prefectures.

However, three prefectures close to Tokyo – Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama – will not have spectators at Olympic competition venues, according to Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto.

Miyagi, Fukushima and Shizuoka prefectures have decided that venues can be filled to 50% of their capacity with a maximum of 10,000 spectators, Hashimoto added.

Kyrgios celebrates his victory over Ugo Humbert of France.

“I need to put my body back in place”

Kyrgios was originally named to Australia’s 11-member Olympics tennis team, comprising six men and five women, in late June.

The 26-year-old, however, had previously expressed doubts about his participation in the Games after retiring with an abdominal injury during his third round match at Wimbledon with Felix Auger-Aliassime on Saturday.

“I wouldn’t want to take away the opportunity of a healthy Australian athlete ready to represent the country,” Krygios added.

“I will also take all the time I need to do my body well.”

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