Tennis : No world No. 1 because of the coronavirus

Tennis :

Ashleigh Barty has given up on participating in the US Open due to the risks associated with the coronavirus epidemic.

While the coronavirus epidemic continues to rage in the United States, the bar of 150,000 deaths having been exceeded on Wednesday, the tennis circuits must resume next month across the Atlantic. A recovery that is not without problems for some. Gaël Monfils and Stan Wawrinka have in fact already ignored Cincinnati – relocated to Flushing Meadows – and the two men could do the same with the US Open which is due to start on August 31.

The New York major is already assured of having to do without the world No. 1, Ashleigh Barty, who has withdrawn due to the “significant risks” associated with the coronavirus. “My team and I have decided that we won’t be going to the Western and Southern Open and the US Open this year,” she said.

And the winner of the last Roland-Garros to justify her decision. “I love both events, which made it a difficult decision but there are still significant risks associated with Covid-19 and I don’t feel comfortable placing ourselves, my team and I, in this situation. I wish the United States Tennis Federation the best for these tournaments and look forward to returning to the United States next year, ”she wrote.

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