Australian Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Rotterdam Open to play in basketball’s NBA All-Star Celebrity Game next February.
Rotterdam tournament director Richard Krajicek released the 21-year-old from his contract so he can take part in the basketball showpiece in New Orleans. “Kyrgios prefers his passion beyond his profession,” said Krajicek. Kyrgios is suspended for eight weeks from the ATP Tour for not producing his “best effort” in Shanghai last week.
The world number 14, who had won the Japan Open the previous week, patted the ball over the net several times when serving in his 6-3 6-1 second-round defeat by Mischa Zverev in China.
He also began walking back to his chair before a Zverev serve had landed. Kyrgios subsequently said he was “truly sorry” and would use this time during his suspension “to improve on and off the court”.(BBC,2016)