The australian Ashleigh barty, number one in the world, announced on Tuesday that he will not participate in the Roland Garros tournament, which he won last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Last year’s Roland Garros was the most special tournament of my career, and it is not a decision that I take lightly,” justified on social media the 24-year-old player, who no longer wanted to participate in the US Open of this year.
“There are two reasons for my decision: the first is the health risks that still exist due to Covid. The second is my preparation, which was not ideal while my coach could not train with me due to border closures in Australia ”, he added.
Barty resides in Brisbane, while his coach, Craig tyzzer, lives in Melbourne and is confined for two months following the resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic. Therefore, travel between the two cities is not authorized.
At the end of July, he already decided not to participate in the US Open, which is currently being held in New York. And he also cited “significant risks” related to the Covid-19 virus to justify his decision.
Rafael Nadal and Simona halepThe world’s No.2s are also among those who had announced they would not participate in the US Open due to uncertain health conditions linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ashleigh barty He said then that he would follow the evolution of the epidemic before deciding whether or not to participate in Roland Garros, which begins on September 27.
“I wish the players and the French Federation the best and a successful tournament,” he continued. Barty.
“Now I look forward to a long preseason and a summer in Australia,” he added.
He Australian Open It is scheduled in January but is not scheduled to take place in Melbourne if the health situation does not improve.
Last year, by beating the young Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the end, Barty she became the first Australian in 46 years to win Roland Garros.
This victory had helped her to become number one in the world, a position she reached with her victory a week later at the Birmingham tournament.
Their last singles match dates back to the end of February, during the Qatar Open.
The low of Barty at Roland Garros comes when the organizers of the tournament, exceptionally rescheduled from September 27 to October 11, announced that players will have to stay in two hotels chosen by the organizers.
In addition, it must host a small number of spectators, a maximum of 11,500 per day, instead of the 20,000 to which it aspired.