Nick Kyrgios has decided not to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games, he announced Thursday in a statement on his website.
â€œRepresenting Australia at the Olympic Games has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,â€ Kyrgios wrote. â€œPlaying in the Olympics was a goal this year; I planned my tournament schedule around Rio and made sure to fulfill my Olympic eligibility.Â Unfortunately, while I have expressed every intention of trying to win a medal for my country in Rio, itâ€™s very clear to me that the Australian Olympic Committee has other plans.â€
Kyrgios has been at odds in the past with Australiaâ€™s chef de mission Kitty Chiller, who has expressed trepidation over selecting him for the team because of his occasionally volatile on-court behavior.
â€œAOCâ€™s unfair and unjust treatment of me over the last four weeks, as well as the organizationâ€™s crystal clear position on whether they want me to be a part of the Australian Olympic team, has solidified my final decision.â€
Kyrgios said he was assured by the Australian tennis federation, Tennis Australia, that he would be nominated for the games, but that the Olympic committee â€œhas chosen to publicly and privately disparage me.â€
â€œNot one member of the AOC has reached out to me, my family, my team, or representatives of Tennis Australia, asking for a meeting or the opportunity to discuss their concerns,â€ he wrote. â€œThe AOCâ€™s unwarranted attacks on me demonstrate the organizationâ€™s inability to understand the circumstances surrounding highly competitive sports.Â I also donâ€™t want the AOCâ€™s treatment of me to become a distraction and negatively affect the Australian Olympic team.â€
Kyrgios said he hoped to be a part of the Olympic team four years from now.