Ashleigh Barty has decided not to travel to the United States for the US Open in August. The number one in the world does not consider it responsible given the situation in the US regarding the COVID-19 virus.
Barty is the first player from the top who indicates that she will not participate in the now much discussed US Open. The 2019 Roland Garros winner naturally also opts out of the prestigious Cincinnati tournament, which will be held in the run-up to the Grand Slam tournament in New York.
"I love both events, so my team and I had to make a tough decision," said Barty in a statement to Reuters, among others . "There are still many dangers in the US regarding the COVID-19 virus and I don't feel comfortable putting my team and myself in that position."
Barty, 24, also does not know yet whether she wants to participate in Roland Garros in the autumn, which will be held from September 27 to October 11. The Australian stunted in Paris last year by winning the tournament. She will announce her decision soon.
Ashleigh Barty was eliminated in the fourth round of the US Open last year. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Bertens still has doubts about participation
The US tennis association USTA still plans to simply start the US Open on August 31, but the situation in the US is worrying. More than 150,000 people in America have already died from the effects of COVID-19 and the number of infections continues to rise.
At the moment there are also travel restrictions for players from, for example, Europe, who must first be quarantined for two weeks when they arrive in the US. This measure ensures that Kiki Bertens, among others, still has doubts about participating in the US Open.
Naomi Osaka announced on Thursday that she will simply participate in New York. The Japanese won the Grand Slam hard court tournament in 2018 by beating Serena Williams in a controversial final.
The Cincinnati WTA tournament will be held a week before the US Open and will also take place at Flushing Meadows due to the corona crisis, allowing players to remain in New York for both tournaments.