Kyrgios pulls out of Rio Games, blasts Olympic Committee

Thu Jun 2, 2016 8:21pm EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's number one tennis player Nick Kyrgios has blamed "unfair and unjust treatment" at the hands of his country's Olympic Committee for his decision not take part in the Rio Summer Games.

The world number 19 on Friday joined Bernard Tomic in withdrawing his name from consideration, a month after Australia's chef de mission Kitty Chiller said the pair were among a number of athletes whose behavior was being monitored.

Tomic, ranked 22nd in the world, ruled himself out in mid-May because of his "extremely busy" playing schedule but Kyrgios laid the blame squarely at the door of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).

"It is with a heavy heart that I have had to make a decision not to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro," Kyrgios said in a statement on Friday.

"Representing Australia at the Olympic Games has been a dream of mine since I was a kid ... Unfortunately, while I have expressed every intention of trying to win a medal for my country in Rio, it’s very clear to me that the Australian Olympic Committee has other plans."

Kyrgios said the AOC's treatment of him over the last month had been "unfair and unjust" and they had made it "crystal clear" their opposition to his being part of the team.

Tennis Australia will nominate the players to take part in the Aug. 5-21 Games but they must then be ratified by Chiller and the AOC.

"While I have received assurances from Tennis Australia that I will be nominated for the Olympic team, the AOC has chosen to publicly and privately disparage me," Kyrgios's statement continued.   Continued...

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros - Nick Kyrgios of Australia vs Richard Gasquet of France - Paris, France - 27/05/16. Nick Kyrgios reacts. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier