The N. 1 world australian Ashleigh Barty announced on Thursday his plan for the US Open, citing the “significant risks” linked to the coronavirus, a serious setback for the tournament in new york starting August 31.
The winner of Roland Garros is the greatest name in women’s tennis to withdraw from the Grand Slam, a decision was announced at a time when the United States have exceeded the 150 000 deaths related to the coronavirus.
“My team and I have decided that we won’t surrender to the Western and Southern Open and US Open this year,” she said in a statement.
The Western and Southern Open, which is normally held in Cincinnati, has been moved to New York because of the pandemic.
“I love both events, so it was a difficult decision, but there are still significant risks related to the COVID-19 and I do not feel comfortable to place us, my team and I, in this situation.”
“I wish the Federation of tennis of the United States the best for these tournaments and I look forward to coming back next year in the United States.”
New York and its surroundings have, however, been able to contain low-level contamination, after the outbreak of march-April, while Florida, Texas and California are among the most affected areas.
Countries the most grief-stricken in the world by the pandemic, the United States count 4.4 million confirmed cases.
The announcement of the player of 24 years is not totally a surprise. It was the beginning of June left to cast serious doubt on his participation at the US Open. And on the social networks, number of internet users were understanding about this decision.
Barty added that it would continue to monitor the situation of the epidemic, before deciding if she will be travelling to Europe to defend her title at Roland Garros, which will start on 27 September.
“I will take my decision about of the International of France and the european tournaments of the WTA tour in the next few weeks,” she said.
The N. 1 in the world Novak Djokovic and his runner-up Rafael Nadal, like Serena Williams for the ladies, are among the committed of the Western and Southern Open, held from 20 to 28 August in New York city, announced on Wednesday that the organizers.
These tournaments WTA and ATP, moved to New York because of the pandemic, will be played without spectators on the courts of Flushing Meadows, where shall commence on 31 August, the US Open in the same conditions.