Nick Kyrgios chooses celebrity basketball match over Rotterdam Open

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Nick Kyrgios will feature in an NBA All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game next February instead of competing in the 2017 Rotterdam Open.

The star-studded event is held by the NBA every year and the 2017 spectacle will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Smoothie King Center.

Reluctantly, Rotterdam tournament director Richard Krajicek released 21-year-old Kyrgios from his contract to allow him to take part in the basketball showpiece on February 19.


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On his decision, Krajicek said: "We wanted to hold [Kyrgios] to his contract, [but] you see what can happens when he is tired and [tennis] has little meaning, as in China.

"We do not want that. So we decided to terminate his contract. We want a top tennis player seen on the court.

"Kyrgios prefers his passion beyond his profession. If every week he is focused on tennis, he might be mentally burned out after six months. He needs an outlet."

The incident in China that Krajicek refers to is in relation to a fine and suspension Kyrgios received for his conduct at the Shanghai Open.

The ATP suspended the Australian from competing on the ATP tour for eight weeks and fined him a whopping $25,000 for not making his "best effort" at the competition.

The charge was made after he showed little interest during a second-round match defeat to Mischa Zverev.

The shots Kyrgios played - including his serves - were lackluster at best. On one occasion he began walking back to his seat before Zverev's serve had even landed.

Stanislas Wawrinka will now compete in next year's Rotterdam Open in the Australian's absence.

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