Sydney (AFP)

"I wanted everyone to know that I will not participate in any tournament in 2021, including the Women's Masters in Mexico," the 25-year-old champion, who has not competed since her elimination, said in a statement. in the 3rd round of the US Open in September.

"I have to prioritize my body and my recovery and focus on attacking the preseason hard before the Australian Open in January," she added.

"With the continued uncertainties of returning to Queensland and the quarantine requirements, I am not prepared to compromise my preparation for January."

In a year that ends prematurely, Ashleigh Barty pocketed five titles, in Miami, Melbourne, Stuttgart, Cincinnati and Wimbledon, where she pocketed her second Grand Slam after Roland Garros in 2019.

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