The controversial player has become his country’s second representative to miss the tournament scheduled in New York between August 31 and September 13 behind closed doors due to “Covid-19,” after his world number 1 ranked Ashley Party.
“I will not be playing in the United States Championship this year. It hurts me to the core,” Kirius said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“But I pulled out for the sake of the people, for the sake of the Australian citizens, for the sake of hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost their lives, for all of you.”
The United States is the country most affected by “Covid-19”, which caused more than 150 thousand deaths, with more than 4.5 million injuries.
And Kirius (25 years and ranked 40 globally) has criticized many players for participating in exhibition sessions during the last period, in light of the interruption of professional competitions since March due to the outbreak of the virus.
Criticism in particular extended to participants in the “Adria Tor” course organized by the first world number one Serbian Novak Djokovic in the Balkan countries, in the presence of thousands of fans and without strict respect for health conditions or social divergence, during which four players were infected with the virus, led by Djokovic and Bulgarian Gregor Dimitrov.
He also criticized the decision of the organizers of the American championship to proceed with its establishment, despite the current health conditions.
In the footage released on Sunday, Kerius tempered his criticism of the organizers, acknowledging the need for many people, such as workers in restaurants, cleaning services, etc., to continue to work for salaries. But he called on the players to respect the health and preventive measures in order not to risk the infection or its transmission.
“You have to act according to each other’s interest and work together (…) You cannot dance at the tables, or try to collect money in Europe and earn quick income by hosting exhibition events. This is selfish. Think about others once, This is what the virus is on. Don’t mind your global rating or the value of your money in banks. Act responsibly. ”