Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty ranked first in the world, announced her withdrawal from the US Open, one of the Grand Slams Grand Slam tournaments, which begins on August 31 in New York on Flushing Meadows, due to fears of the new Coronavirus.
“My team and I have decided not to travel to the United States to participate in the Cincinnati and the US Open this year,” Barty said in an official statement Thursday.
“I wish the American Tennis Association the best for these two rounds, and I look forward with great eagerness to return next year,” she added.
Barty became the most prominent name to announce his absence from this major championship and its decision came at a time when the number of deaths in the United States exceeded 150,000 people due to the Corona pandemic in addition to 4.4 million people.
Barty revealed that she will follow the developments of the health situation around the world before making the decision to go to Europe to defend her title as French champion Roland Garros, which will start on the 27th of next September.
The Cincinnati men’s and women’s course was extraordinarily transferred to New York for August 20th.