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Tanya Simon
July 31, 2020

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty will skip this summer's U.S. Open and the tournament proceeding it in NY due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. She won the 2018 U.S. Open and followed that with a title at the 2019 Australian Open.

Barty is the biggest name yet to opt out of the August 31-September 13 Grand Slam tournament in NY because of the global health crisis. If they don't feel safe, and don't feel comfortable, travelling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it's completely understandable.

"I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and I look forward to being back in the US next year".

Barty burst onto the tennis scene past year when she won the French Open.

Aside from the deadly virus affecting the world, Australia's travel policies during the pandemic would have made things hard for Barty to travel. Technically, Barty would have to receive permission from the Australian government to travel overseas, and flight options are limited.

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Barty announced her withdrawal from the grand slam event in NY and a warm-up tournament at the same venue to Australian Associated Press on Thursday, due to fears of COVID-19.

The Australian is the biggest name so far to withdraw from the tournament, with her decision coming as the United States marked a grim milestone when its COVID-19 deaths topped 150,000.

Just because a player is on Wednesday's lists does not mean she or he necessarily will compete at the tournament.

The tournament, which will take place behind closed doors in NY between August 31 and September 13, is the first major tennis event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Both the women's and men's tours plan to return in August.

The women's tour still aims to return next week at Palermo, Italy.

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