Nick Kyrgios pulls out of Games

Nick Kyrgios remains the centre of controversy.  Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.
Nick Kyrgios remains the centre of controversy. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

Kyrgios, who has been having a running battle with Australia's chef de mission, Kitty Chiller, over the past few months regarding his on-court behaviour, cited the AOC's "unfair and unjust treatment" of him as the major reason for his decision not to be available for selection in Rio.

"AOC's unfair and unjust treatment of me over the last four weeks, as well as the organisation's crystal clear position on whether they want me to be a part of the Australian Olympic team, has solidified my final decision," Kyrgios said in a statement on his website.

"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.

"Not one member of the AOC has reached out to me, my family, my team, or representatives of Tennis Australia, asking for a meeting or the opportunity to discuss their concerns.

"The AOC's unwarranted attacks on me demonstrate the organisation's inability to understand the circumstances surrounding highly competitive sports.

"I also don't want the AOC's treatment of me to become a distraction and negatively affect the Australian Olympic team."

Last month, fellow bad boy, Bernard Tomic, also said he would not be going to Rio, saying his schedule was too busy.



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