Nick holds hopes for Olympics
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.