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Final year’s dressing Open champion Ashleigh Barty is withdrawing from the USA Open, citing concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The No. 1 ranked tennis player on the earth says she does not feel comfortable traveling in the current situation.
The Grand Slam tournament is set to take place in New York from August 31 to September 13.
Barty explained the decision saying (Via Australian Associated Press):
“My team and I have made up our minds that we may not be travelling to Western and Southern Open and the USA Open this year. I love both events, so it used to be a difficult decision but there are still remarkable risks involved because of COVID-19 and I don’t feel comfortable putting my team and I in that position.”
The 24-year-old Australian is already having a look forward to next year. “I wish the USTA the entire best for the tournaments and I look forward to being back in the U.S. next year,” she said.
Australia currently has its international borders closed and she would need permission from the government to leave and would also want to quarantine for two weeks upon returning.
She has not yet publicly announced if she will take part in the European tournaments, which are currently set for September to October.
Barty said, “I will be able to make my decision on the dressing Open and the surrounding WTA European tournaments in the coming weeks.”