Kyrgios insists his comments were about parents and not the sport
Australian Nick Kyrgios has backtracked on his comments in support of unvaccinated players.
The 21-year-old was fined and had to apologise to fans after he posted on Twitter about “potentially insane people who make a lifestyle choice”.
Asked if he was talking about “unvaccinated players” at Wimbledon, Kyrgios said: “That is. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case.”
But the 20th seed has now told Reuters he meant to single out “the unhealthy lifestyle of parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids”.
Kyrgios added: “Obviously I said something I shouldn’t have. I just want to make it clear that that wasn’t what I was trying to say.”
Kyrgios has already been fined by the ATP Tour for tweeting about Evander Holyfield’s absence from Wimbledon’s Centre Court after being denied entry to the grounds.
On Thursday he was reprimanded by tournament officials after making comments about his opponent, Belgian Steve Darcis, a day after getting broken in his first two service games.
“The crowd was booing because they thought I was losing [in a match I was winning 6-4 4-1],” he said.
“I’d never been booed like that. I’ve never even been broken. People thought I was out of the tournament.
“This is the best I’ve played in probably three, four months. I’ve not been fitter than I was this morning. I gave it my all. I gave it 100%.
“But then for things like that to be said, it’s hard to go through it again. I’m sure at the same time the crowd wasn’t booing because they wanted me to lose.”
On Thursday, Kyrgios pleaded with fans to keep their language in line during the tournament at SW19 and the world number 13 added he was “open to anything”.