No. 1 female tennis player skipping U.S. Open over virus concerns

Open. No sanctioned professional tennis events have been played since March because of the coronavirus. The women’s tour still aims to return next week at Palermo, Italy. The clay-court Grand Slam event was postponed earlier in the year and rescheduled to start Sept. next year.” Barty is yet to decide if she’ll defend the French Open title she won last year for her breakthrough singles major. First published on July 30, 2020 / 3:55 AM Other players have expressed concern about traveling to the U.S., where more than 150,000 people have died from COVID-19. 27, after the U.S. “My team and I have decided that we won’t be travelling to the … January 28, 2020 photo shows Australia’s Ash Barty battling Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. Open during the coronavirus pandemic. Being on Wednesday’s lists doesn’t necessarily mean a player will compete at the tournament. Technically, Barty would have to receive permission from the government to travel abroad, and flight options are limited. Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were on Wednesday’s initial Cincinnati entry lists – but Barty, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 2019 U.S. Dita Alangkara / AP

Barty reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in January, the only major tennis tournament completed this year. Both the women’s and men’s tours plan to return in August. The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to opt out of the Aug. World’s top-ranked female tennis player, Ash Barty, skipping U.S. 1-ranked Ash Barty is skipping the first tennis major since January after deciding it’s too risky to travel for the U.S. Open. Western & Southern Open and the U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu were not. Open this year,” Barty said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Thursday. Barty had to make a decision because entries were open for the Western & Southern Open, which is scheduled for Aug. Open due to virus travel concerns

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Brisbane, Australia — No. 31-Sept. “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 I in that position. Coronavirus: The Race To Respond

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Australia’s closed international borders would make it difficult for Barty to travel overseas during the pandemic. Upon returning to Australia, travelers face a mandatory two weeks in quarantine. 13 Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis. 20-28 and was moved from Cincinnati to the same hard courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that are slated to host the U.S. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

“I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and I look forward to being back in the U.S.