Nick Kyrgios has said that he prefers basketball to tennis. Actions, however, speak louder than words. And so Kyrgios went out and acted on his preference by bailing on a contract with a tennis tournament so he could play hoops instead.
Two days after Kyrgios received an eight-week suspension from the ATP for tanking a match at the Shanghai Masters, it was reported that the Aussie withdrew from next February’s Rotterdam Open in order to accept an invitation from the National Basketball Association for its All-Star Celebrity Game.
Words can still be strong, though, as Kyrgios has demonstrated in the past and Rotterdam tournament director Richard Krajicek made clear today.
“Kyrgios prefers his passion beyond his profession,” Krajicek told the Nederlandse Omroep Stichting.
With the Kyrgios side “intimating that he would rather play in the basketball match,” according to the Daily Mail, Krajicek felt a duty to his tournament to release the 21-year-old from their deal.
“You see what can happens when he is tired and [tennis] has little meaning, as in China,” Krajicek said of Kyrgios. “We do not want that. So we decided to terminate his contract. We want a top tennis player seen on the court.”