No 1 Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty will not be traveling anymore to New York this year to compete in the US Open and the tournament preceding it in New York due to the global pandemic.
The US accounts for more than 4.4 million detected COVID 19 cases out of which there are 150,000 casualties.
The US Open is scheduled to take place from August 31- Sep 13. The 24-year-old Australian had earlier raised concern on hearing the news of US open taking place for which she also got a lot of support. Therefore, it is not a surprise that she has pulled out of the tournament.
The Western and Southern Open, which is held annually in Cincinnati, has been moved to New York this year and is set to start in mid-August.
“My team and I have decided that we won’t be traveling to the … Western & Southern Open and the US Open this year,” Barty said in a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press on Thursday.
“I love both events so this was a difficult decision, but there are still significant risks involved due to COVID-19 and I don’t feel comfortable putting my team and me in that position.
“I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and I look forward to being back in the US next year.”
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Barty won the French Open last year by defeating Marketa Vondrousova. The defending champion has cited that she is not sure & will make a decision later on playing the French Open. The Roland Garros is scheduled to take start from Sep 27 after the US Open.
“I will make my decision on the French Open and the surrounding WTA European tournaments in the coming weeks,” she said.
World number one Novak Djokovic and 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams are among players expected to compete at the U.S. Open despite concerns about undergoing mandatory quarantine when traveling to Europe, which would have them miss tournaments in Madrid and Rome ahead of the French Open.
Deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 150,000 in the United States on Wednesday, more than any other country, and nearly a quarter of the world’s total, according to a Reuters tally.