Nick Kyrgios criticises former tennis players on unvaccinated children

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kyrgios is a dual Australian Open semi-finalist Nick Kyrgios has criticised suggestions by former tennis players that unvaccinated children should not be allowed to play competitive sport. Australian…

Nick Kyrgios criticises former tennis players on unvaccinated children

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kyrgios is a dual Australian Open semi-finalist

Nick Kyrgios has criticised suggestions by former tennis players that unvaccinated children should not be allowed to play competitive sport.

Australian Tennis Association president Steve Healy said last week that children not protected against “potentially fatal diseases” should not be allowed to play.

Kyrgios, 21, who beat Dutchman Robin Haase to reach the Tokyo Open second round, suggested Healy should be banned from commenting on the sport.

“I don’t think it’s the way to do things,” Kyrgios said.

“As a tennis player I want to play tennis.

“I have to educate myself, but I do get opportunities to say things, there’s an Australian Open this year I’m going to play but don’t tell me how to play tennis.

“And if a bunch of kids play tennis and none of them are being hit in the face for it because they’re unvaccinated.

“It’s not my call how they play. I’m just saying it’s not great what’s going on out there.”

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Tennis rules state any child refusing a vaccination should be excluded from junior tournaments.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) recently said “a child that refuses immunisation would be ineligible to play competitive junior tennis”.

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