GOOD THING OR BAD THING? Nick Kyrgios has opted not to play in Rio.
GOOD THING OR BAD THING? Nick Kyrgios has opted not to play in Rio. Rick Rycroft

One Aussie we won’t have to cheer on in Rio

THE WEEK THAT WAS

SURPRISE, surprise... Aussie tennis superbrat Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Olympic Games in Brazil.

No one should be shocked at the 21-year-old's decision after his running battle with Australian chef de mission Kitty Chiller regarding his on-court behaviour.

We should also not be surprised that, true to form, Kyrgios has blamed someone else for his own decision - this time the Australian Olympic Committee.

Kyrgios cited the AOC's "unfair and unjust treatment" of him as the main reason for him deciding not to make himself available for selection on the Olympic team.

He also had the backing of Tennis Australia with president Steve Healy claiming that the AOC put the youngster in a difficult position and totally supported his decision.

Not surprisingly, Kyrgios said he was thankful for the support of TA adding: "I am a proud Australian and have always loved representing my country.

"I am fortunate to be young enough to hopefully have a chance to wear the green and gold at the Olympics in the future.

"I hope that in four years I will find myself in the position to be a part of the Australian Olympic team.

"I would like to wish every athlete representing Australia the best of luck this August and will be following their progress and supporting and cheering them from afar."

Those are nice words, Nick, but it's all a little too late.

Quite frankly I doubt if the majority of the Australian public will give two hoots that you are not going to Rio.

We at Australian Regional Media believe there are many more deserving recipients - those who want to be there - of a spot on the Australian Olympic tennis team.

Chiller said Kyrgios had been treated fairly and we have to agree.

Let's face it, if Kyrgios did not misbehave then none of this would have been an issue and he could have represented his country.

There's no doubting his talent, but as we have said before, that alone should not guarantee him a place on any team.

What do you think?

Let us know your thoughts on Kyrgios

HITS AND MISSES

PULLING A ZLATAN

IT IS unlikely to happen but Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given some great incentives to sign up for German fourth-tier football club Rot-Weiss Oberhausen. The Swedish international is in demand after leaving Paris St Germain but no club will be able to offer what Oberhausen is. The club says if he signs a two- year contract the city would introduce a monarchy which the 34-year-old would head and a local beer would also be named in his honour. That might be enough to stroke Ibrahimovic's huge ego but if that is not enough, a swimming pool which closed more than 20 years ago will be filled and opened up whenever the football star needs to have a dip.

BIG THREE UPSTAGED

THE world's top three golfers are the major drawcard at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield course in Ohio this week but in the first round, Australian Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy were all upstaged by American Dustin Johnson. Johnson shot an eight-under-par 64 to lead by one from compatriot Brendan Steele. World No.1 Day did have a good round of his own, sitting joint third on six-under. Spieth (-2) and McIlroy (-1), however, were off the pace, with the Northern Irishman drawing attention for a changed putting grip.

ALI BACK IN HOSPITAL

HE took on all-comers in the boxing ring but "the greatest" has been knocked out by a respiratory issue. A spokesman for the three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, 74, said he was being treated in hospital. He said Ali was in a "fair condition" and a brief stay in hospital was expected. Ali was also hospitalised last year with a severe urinary tract infection. Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1984, after quitting boxing.



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