Ashleigh Barty: Defending champion Barty to skip French Open over coronavirus fears | Tennis Information

SYDNEY: World primary Ashleigh Barty introduced on Tuesday she won’t defend her French Open crown, citing the coronavirus fears that additionally prompted her and a number of other different prime gamers to withdraw from the US Open.
The Australian, who claimed her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2019, stated it was a “troublesome” determination however the well being of her household and staff got here first.
“Final 12 months’s French Open was probably the most particular match of my profession so this isn’t a call I’ve made frivolously,” she stated on social media.
“There are two causes for my determination — the primary is the well being dangers that also exist with Covid.
“The second is my preparation, which has not been preferrred with out my coach with the ability to practice with me as a result of state border closures in Australia.”
Barty relies in Brisbane whereas her coach, Craig Tyzzer, is in Melbourne and unable to journey as town battles a major second-wave virus outbreak.

She introduced in late July that she would sit out the US Open, at present underway in New York, with defending males’s champion Rafael Nadal and world quantity two Simona Halep amongst those that additionally opted out due to the pandemic.
On the time, Barty was nonetheless monitoring the state of affairs with the French Open, which is because of begin on September 27, however stated Tuesday her withdrawal was the most recent growth in “a difficult 12 months for everybody”.
“I want the gamers and the French Federation all the perfect for a profitable match,” the 24-year-old stated.
“I now sit up for a protracted pre-season and the summer time in Australia.”
The destiny of Barty’s dwelling Grand Slam, the Australian Open in January, is but to be decided, with the chance it could possibly be moved out of Melbourne if town’s outbreak has not eased.

Barty’s straight-sets victory over Marketa Vondrousova within the French Open final 12 months helped propel her to world primary, a place she has held since.
Her final aggressive singles match was in late February on the Qatar Open.
Barty’s French Open withdrawal comes after match organisers stated all gamers on the Grand Slam can be housed in two designated lodges “with out exception” to scale back coronavirus dangers.
Every day crowd numbers have been diminished to 11,500 from 20,000 and the Roland Garros complicated is being divided into three impartial zones, with no crossover between them.
Serena Williams has indicated she would like to remain in personal lodging whereas competing in Paris, as she has completed in New York.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who has a historical past of significant lung issues, stated she would converse to French Open organisers earlier than making a call on whether or not to compete.
“I am truthfully taking it someday at a time. I will must make the perfect determination for my well being,” Williams instructed reporters after making the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.
“It is simply, I nonetheless have some questions, however I am actually form of, mockingly, centered on New York nevertheless it’s form of arduous as a result of these Grand Slams are so shut to one another this 12 months,” she added.

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