Kyrgios skips Rotterdam for NBA event

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THE HAGUE: Australian tennis hothead Nick Kyrgios will skip next year’s Rotterdam Open to play an NBA basketball event, organizers said, questioning whether he was “100 percent motivated” after an on-court meltdown in Shanghai. Kyrgios, 21, was due to appear at the ATP 500 Rotterdam in February but organizers released him from his contract so he can play the NBA All Star Weekend in New Orleans instead. He has also said he dislikes playing tennis, insisting that he prefers basketball. It comes after Kyrgios was fined and received a three-week ban — rising to eight weeks if he doesn’t seek help to curb his temper — for giving up on points, swearing and arguing with fans and the chair umpire in Shanghai.

AFP

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