Nick Kyrgios will be free to play in an NBA celebrity game in February after being released from a tennis commitment. The Australian is currently banned from the ATP Tour over his behaviour at the recent Shanghai Masters, where he gave up on a game against Mischa Zverev. Kyrgios last year admitted he would rather play basketball than tennis, and organisers of Rotterdam’s ABN Amro event have agreed to release the world No 14 from his contract so he can take part in the NBA’s All Star Weekend in New Orleans.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday that returning the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019 is “a high priority,” provided there’s a resolution to a North Carolina law that restricts the rights of LGBT people. The NBA recently decided to move the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans because it didn’t believe it could successfully host the All-Star Game and related events in Charlotte under the climate created by the law known as House Bill 2. Los Angeles hosts the game in 2018.