Unpredictable tennis joker-in-the-pack Nick Kyrgios has called for the Australian Open to be cancelled due to COVID before then slamming the concept of mandated vaccinations for the virus.

With Australia only now emerging from 18 months of various forms of lockdown and the 90th-ranked Kyrgios last seen on a Tour match court in a first-round US Open loss in late August, the outburst counted as a rare sighting of the one-time No. 13.

Kyrgios issued his surprise verbal blast on his No Boundaries podcast.

The wannabe NBA player who habitually expresses his disgust for tennis, gave a serve to the Open, which begins on January 17 with what are likely to be only double-jabbed players allowed into the country.

  “I don’t think the Aus Open should go ahead, just for the people in Melbourne – you’ve got to send a message,” Kyrgios said.

“How long did [Melbourne] do in lockdown? 275 days or something?

“The Australian is my favourite slam with the home crowd, the pressure is so different,” Kyrgios said. “Everyone expects so much of you, I can’t do anything without the media being there – it’s brutal.

The 26-year-old self-confessed slacker also suggested the French Open also be allowed to die off given that it is played on his most detested surface – European red clay.

“The French would be terminated from the calendar completely, it’s the worst f*****g slam.

“Wimbledon is great, the prestige, the white jackets, even if you don’t like tennis you know what Wimbledon is.”

Kyrgios even came out in off-handed support for his longtime tennis nemesis “Novax” Djokovic, the World No. 1.

Kyrgios is best known for taking social media potshots at the Serb, but on this occasion voiced his support for Djokovic’s apparent no-vaxx stand, which might well prevent him from fronting up in Melbourne for the major which he has won nine times including the last three editions..

“I just think it is so morally wrong to force someone to be vaccinated,” Kyrgios raged. 

“I’m double vaccinated, but I just don’t think it’s right to force anyone [to be vaccinated] and say ‘you can’t come and play here because you’re not vaccinated’”

Main photo:- Nick Kyrgios losing in Men’s Singles first round match at the 2021 US Open – by Brad Penner/USTA


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