Brisbane, July 30
World No. 1 Ash Barty has pulled out of the US Open as a result of she does not need to threat travelling through the coronavirus pandemic.
The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile participant thus far to choose out of the August 31-September 13 Grand Slam event in New York due to the worldwide well being disaster.
“My team and I have decided that we won’t be travelling to the … Western & Southern Open and the US Open this year,” Barty mentioned in a press release.
“I really like each occasions so this was a tough determination, however there are nonetheless vital dangers concerned as a result of COVID-19 and I do not really feel snug placing my staff and myself in that place,” she mentioned.
“I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and I look forward to being back in the US next year.”
Barty is but to determine if she’ll defend the French Open title she gained final 12 months for her breakthrough singles main. The clay-court Grand Slam occasion was postponed earlier within the 12 months and rescheduled to begin on September 27, after the US Open.
Australia’s closed worldwide borders would make it tough for Barty to journey through the pandemic. Technically, Barty must obtain permission from the federal government to journey overseas, and flight choices are restricted. Upon returning to Australia, travellers face a compulsory two weeks in quarantine.
Other gamers have expressed concern about travelling to the US, the place greater than 150,000 folks have died from COVID-19.
Barty needed to make her determination as a result of entries have been open for the Western & Southern Open, which is scheduled for August 20-28 and was moved to the identical onerous courts on the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center which can be slated to host the US Open.
Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been on Wednesday’s preliminary entry lists — however Barty, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu weren’t — for the event moved from Cincinnati to Flushing Meadows.
Being on Wednesday’s lists does not essentially imply a participant will compete on the event.
No sanctioned skilled tennis occasions have been performed since March due to the coronavirus. Both the ladies’s and males’s excursions plan to return in August. The ladies’s tour nonetheless goals to return subsequent week at Palermo, Italy. AP