MELBOURNE – World primary Ash Barty will skip the U.S. Open and the match previous it in New York because of issues over the coronavirus pandemic.
“My team and I have decided that we won’t be travelling to the U.S. for the Western and Southern Open and the U.S. Open this year,” the Australian mentioned in a press release issued by her supervisor on Thursday. “I love both events so it 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 I in that position. “I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and look forward to being back in the U.S. next year.”
The Western and Southern Open, which is held yearly in Cincinnati, has been moved to New York this 12 months and is about to start out in mid-August. The U.S. Open kicks off on Aug. 31 and will probably be held in its traditional house in Flushing Meadows, Queens, however will probably be performed with out followers in attendance to restrict the unfold of the virus.
The reigning French Open champion will resolve later whether or not to defend her title at Roland Garros beginning in late September. “I will make my decision on the French Open and the surrounding WTA European tournaments in the coming weeks,” she mentioned.
World primary Novak Djokovic and 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams are amongst gamers anticipated to compete on the U.S. Open regardless of issues about present process obligatory quarantine when travelling to Europe, which might have them miss tournaments in Madrid and Rome forward of the French Open. Deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 150,000 in the US on Wednesday, greater than every other nation and practically 1 / 4 of the world’s complete, in response to a Reuters tally.
Osaka will play in US Open, says administration group
Naomi Osaka will play in subsequent month’s U.S. Open in New York, the 2018 champion’s administration group has informed Reuters. A number of media studies had mentioned she had not registered for the match and had determined to skip the occasion, which kicks off on Aug. 31 and will probably be performed below strict bio-security protocols because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the 22-year-old’s administration group informed Reuters through e mail that the studies have been huge of the mark and that she could be collaborating at Flushing Meadows.
Osaka would even be taking part in within the Western and Southern Open, which is held yearly in Cincinnati however has been moved to New York this 12 months and is about to start out in mid-August. Earlier on Thursday, world primary Ash Barty mentioned she was skipping the New York tournaments because of issues over the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan’s Osaka, who relies in the US, final performed aggressive tennis in early February throughout Fed Cup qualifiers in opposition to Spain.