Top-10 gamers Svitolina, Bertens withdraw from US Open

New York, August 7

Women’s world No. 5 Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens, ranked seventh, on Friday joined a rising checklist of gamers withdrawing from this month’s US Open because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Men’s defending champion Rafa Nadal and girls’s world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty have opted towards travelling to New York to play the hardcourt Grand Slam in addition to the Western & Southern Open that may work as a warmup for the US Open.

“I understand and respect all the efforts they are putting to make it happen in a safe environment, but I still don’t feel comfortable to travel to U.S. without putting my team and myself at high risk,” Ukrainian Svitolina, who reached final 12 months’s semi-finals in New York, stated on Twitter.

The United States has shut to five million circumstances of COVID-19 and virtually 160,000 individuals have died, in response to a Reuters tally.

“The situation around COVID-19 is still worrying and the health of everyone and the control over this virus is priority,” stated the 28-year-old Bertens on Instagram.

The US Open organisers (USTA) are making a ‘bio-secure bubble’ in New York to carry the match from August 31 with out spectators. But issues stay about whether or not gamers would face obligatory quarantines upon returning residence from the US Open.

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray, who received the US Open in 2012, stated on Monday that gamers travelling to New York wanted assurance that they might not face obligatory quarantines after returning to Europe.

“Our Prime Minister indicated yesterday that we should be quarantined for 14 days after coming back from the States,” Bertens stated.

“Of course we respect this as a team and this would disturb our preparation for my beloved clay court tournaments in Rome and Paris.”

The Italian Open is scheduled to be held in Rome from September 20 forward of the French Open Grand Slam in Paris every week later. Reuters


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