Back in October just after his Shanghai meltdown, Nick Kyrgios contacted Rotterdam tournament director Richard Krajicek asking the former Wimbledon champion if he could get time off to play both Rotterdam and the NBA All-Star Celebrity game.
Krajicek and the tournament turned down Kyrgios’s request so Australian turned down the tennis event opting instead to play to celebrity All-Star game.
“Unfortunately this All-Star weekend is the same weekend as the final in Rotterdam,” tournament organizers told CNN.
“For that reason Kyrgios has asked us if there was a possibility to allow him to play there. Since basketball is his biggest passion, we understand his dilemma, as this is truly a unique opportunity for him.”
Added Krajicek, “We want a top tennis player seen on the court. Kyrgios prefers his passion beyond his profession.”
Except when celebrity teams were announced yesterday for next Friday’s game, Kyrgios’s name was nowhere to be found!
Michael Smith’s West Team
Miles Brown (actor)
Tom Cavanagh (actor)
Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks owner)
Baron Davis (NBA legend)
Andy Grammer (recording artist)
Jiang Jinfu (actor, model)
Anthony Mackie (actor)
Romeo Miller (actor, recording artist)
Hasan Minhaj (actor, comedian)
Master P (actor, recording artist)
Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks)
Aarón Sánchez (celebrity chef)
Jemele Hill’s East Team
Brandon Armstrong (former NBA D-League player and social media star)
Win Butler (musician)
Nick Cannon (actor, recording artist)
Rachel DeMita (NBA2K TV personality)
Ansel Elgort (actor, recording artist)
Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks owner)
Caleb McLaughlin (actor)
Peter Rosenberg (media personality)
Oscar Schmidt (Basketball legend)
Lindsay Whalen (WNBA player)
Jason Williams (NBA legend)
Kris Wu (recording artist)
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