World number 1 player, Ashleigh Barty has announced of pulling out from the upcoming US Open that is scheduled to begin from August 31. The woman singles champion Barty has taken this decision over the concerns of the coronavirus in the States.
The 24-year-old was all set to play in the Southern and Western Open prior to the Grand Slam event.
“There are still significant risks involved due to Covid-19 and I don’t feel comfortable putting my team and me in that position,” Barty told the Australian Associated Press.
“I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and I look forward to being back in the US next year,” she added.
Days after the US Open, Roland Garros i.e., The French Open will start on which Barty said, “I will make my decision on the French Open and the surrounding WTA European tournaments in the coming weeks,”
Barty is the defending French Open champion and her withdrawal from the event would be a huge setback for the organizers as well as the fans. Besides, she is also the first top profile tennis players to have officially pulled out of the Grand Slam event that will take place in New York.
Her decision has come after considering the number of cases that have been reported in the US. Over 4.4 million cases have been and Florida, Texas and California have become hotspots of the virus.