Nick Kyrgios will not play in the NBA All Stars weekend.
Nick Kyrgios will not play in the NBA All Stars weekend. JOE CASTRO

Kyrgios misses out on All Star game

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios has not been named to play in the NBA's Celebrity Game during All-Star Weekend, despite controversially pulling out of an ATP tournament to make himself available.

Kyrgios caused a stir late last year when it was announced he had cancelled a contract to play at the Rotterdam Open to clear the way to take part in All-Star weekend.

But the world No.15 and basketball lover was nowhere to be seen when the celebrity squads were announced on Friday.

Kyrgios' management has been contacted for comment.

The decision to pull out of his Dutch commitments came hot on the heels of Kyrgios' controversial "tanking” performance at the Shanghai Masters.

Rotterdam tournament director Richard Krajicek was sympathetic to Kyrgios when explaining his decision to allow the Australian to renege on his contract.

"You see what can happen when he is tired and (tennis) has little meaning, as in China. We do not want that,” Krajicek said.

"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.”

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