Rio Olympics Update: Tennis stars Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios told to shape up or stay behind

Australia wants their athletes to be in their best behavior in representing them in international competitions and that is why their chef de mission to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics has sent a stern warning to their tennis stars Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios to shape up their attitudes or be left behind.

Australian team’s chef de mission Kitty Chiller tells Reuters that the two tennis stars have a history of abusing opponents, umpires and fans. Chiller does not want any of those attitudes in the coming Olympics and the pair should remembers that they are also considered as Ambassadors to other athletes. Of the two, Chiller is more concern over Tomic, who drew heavy criticism against his match against Fabio Fognini in the first round of the Madrid Open wherein he lost, 6-2, 6-4.

Fognini was on match point and serving when Tomic just held his racket by the strings and did not offer a shot to the Italian’s serve.

“I think it was appalling behavior. It goes against every value that all the Olympians live by, it goes against everything that we’ve been trying to build in this team. It is not behavior that I would want any team member in a team that I’m responsible for to exhibit,” Chiller said.

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When asked by journalist about his action during the match, Tomic answered, “Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million?”

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Chiller explained that all athletes bound for the Olympics will be under scrutiny if they showcase behaviors that adhere to the Olympic spirit of fair play and sportsmanship. She added that the Australian Olympic Committee has the final say as to who will be part of the delegation.

This was not the first time Tomic was under fire for his behavior, following his loss to top seed Novak Djokovic at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, Tomic ranted against Tennis Australia namely Craig Tiley, Pat Rafter and Steve Healy. Tomic was angry from a lack of support, respect and funding for both him and his sister, Sara. As a result, Tennis Australia dropped Tomic from Australia’s Davis Cup team for their Quarter Final tie against Kazakhstan.

As for Kyrgios, he had a history with Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka during a match at the 2015 Rogers Cup wherein the 21-year old Aussie allegedly sledge Wawrinka. During a court change Kyrgios told Wawrinka, “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend, sorry to tell you that mate”.

Microphones also picked up Kyrgios saying under his breath that Wawrinka, 30, is “banging 18-year-olds”. After the match, Wawrinka stated he found the comments “unacceptable” and urged action to be taken against Kyrgios.

Kyrgios was fined $10,000 by the ATP and stated he had apologized to Wawrinka, although this was later denied by Wawrinka himself. Following a review, the ATP handed down a 28-day suspended sentence and a $25,000 fine if he is fined for “verbal or physical abuse” during suspension period.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Tennis Australia has until June to submit their nominations of players they have selected to see action in the Olympics which will be from Aug. 5 to 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both Kyrgios and Tomic are said to be Australia’s bets chances of getting a medal in their sport as they are ranked no. 21 and 22, respectively.

“It’s their responsibility to determine whether it’s appropriate to nominate them. If any athlete from any sport is nominated, we look at everything … including behavior, including the disrepute clause. We have the ability to take that into consideration whether we proceed to select the nomination or not,” Chiller added.

Chiller added that they are in close communication with Tennis Australia officials regarding the matter and the Australian Olympic Committee will convene to assess the said situation. Both Tomic and Kyrgios have been eliminated from the Madrid Open in the Singles Division.

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Rio Olympics Update: Clippers’ Blake Griffin out of Team USA due to quad tendon procedure

For Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, it will be the second time around that he will not be able to play for Team USA as the Clippers announced Friday that the power forward will miss training camp and exhibition tours due to his quad tendon surgery.

The Clippers announced that the 27-year old Griffin is under rehabilitation after undergoing a bone-marrow procedure on his left quad tendon last April 27. The team did not say though if Griffin has been officially ruled out of the team that will compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but hinted that he would be ready for the start of next season.

Quad injury will force Blake Griffin to miss Rio Olympics. https://t.co/IOGeP3TdUq pic.twitter.com/qaGDD3goXU

— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) May 6, 2016

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ESPN reported that team USA will officially announce its 12-man roster by June and if he will still be in rehabilitation state then he would be considered out due to an injury. Griffin will be the third NBA player out of its 31-man pool bolt out of the Olympics due to an injury while his teammate Chris Paul also begged off the team and wanted to rest his hand after injuring it last month.

L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin will not participate in the upcoming #USABasketball Team training camps and exhibition tour this summer

— InsideHoops.com NBA (@InsideHoops) May 6, 2016

Griffin got injured on Dec. 25 due to a torn left quadriceps then re-injured it during the playoff round this season against the Portland Trailblazers. Thus, re was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Team USA will meet in mid-July for a camp in Las Vegas according to NBC then will do a series of exhibition games for a few weeks before heading to Rio for the Olympics, which have opening ceremonies on Aug. 5.

Didn't know that this was really up for debate still, but Clippers announced today that Blake Griffin won't play for Team USA this summer

— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) May 6, 2016

This is the second time that Griffin will miss the Olympics. He also lost a spot in the 2012 London Olympics after he injured his knee during a practice. With Griffin out for the Olympics, other options for team USA include LaMarcus Aldridge, Darymond Green, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Paul George.

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