Nick holds hopes for Olympics

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JU­LIAN LIN­DEN

NICK Kyr­gios still hasn’t given up on his dream of be­ing an Olympian even if the Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee aren’t ex­actly rolling out the wel­come mat.

Aus­tralia hasn’t won an Olympic medal in ten­nis since 2004 and any chances of end­ing that drought at Rio in 2016 all but ended when Kyr­gios pulled out after a bit­ter pub­lic spat with the Aus­tralian Olympic team leader Kitty Chiller.

Kyr­gios took ex­cep­tion after Chiller crit­i­cised his be­hav­iour so he made him­self un­avail­able for the Olympics and ac­cused the AOC of treat­ing him un­fairly.

More than two years later, Kyr­gios says he still hasn’t heard a peep from the AOC even though he’s made it clear he’s keen to play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I would like to go and rep­re­sent Aus­tralia but at this stage I have not had any con­tact with the AOC,” he said.

Aus­tralia’s chef de mis­sion for Tokyo Ian Ch­ester­man would not com­ment on Kyr­gios’ case but re­sponded with a gen­eral state­ment on se­lec­tion.

“As al­ways, the AOC works closely with all na­tional fed­er­a­tions to en­sure the best team pos­si­ble is se­lected for Tokyo,” he said.

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