‘Incredibly sick’: Nick Kyrgios’ sad admission about mother

Nick Kyrgios has issued a timely reminder about the importance of putting safety first when it comes to the Australian Open.

Preparations for the first grand slam of the year were thrown into chaos on Wednesday night when it was revealed a man who works at one of the tennis quarantine hotels in Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19.

Warmup events at Melbourne Park have since been put on hold, with around 600 players and officials required to isolate until the register a negative result.

The lead-up to the Australian Open had already been thrown into turmoil when four positive coronavirus cases were detected from charter flights carrying players, coaches and officials to Melbourne almost three weeks ago.

Some 47 players were forced into hard quarantine for two weeks with things going relatively smoothly until this latest positive test.

While there’d been complaints from some players about the conditions and enforced quarantine, Kyrgios was having none of it.

Before the latest virus announcement from Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday, Kyrgios said there’d be no complaints from him if he was forced into a two-week lockdown somewhere else this year.

“It’s not about me. My mum is incredibly sick,” Kyrgios said after his win at the Murray River Open.

“There’s too much risk in all of this. I don’t understand what’s so hard for tennis players to understand.

“Like, you’re just a tennis player. Do you know what I mean? It’s not life and death like this is.”

Nick Kyrgios, pictured here with mother Norlaila at the 2016 Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios with manager John Morris and mother Norlaila at the 2016 Australian Open. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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