Two other players in the world top-10, Elina Svitolina (5th) and Kiki bertens (7th), have announced their withdrawal from the Open USA due to the current situation derived from the coronavirus.
The Ukrainian, 25, and the Dutch, 28, thus join the No. 1 in the ranking, the Australian Ashleigh barty, by giving up the Grand slam New Yorker, scheduled from August 31 to September 13.
“I don’t feel comfortable traveling to U.S without putting my team and myself at risk, ”explained Svitolina on social media, who reached the semifinals last year in Flushing Meadows, his best result in a ‘big’ alongside the Wimbledon ‘semis’, also in 2019.
The Ukrainian adds 14 WTA titles with him 2018 Masters like her great success so far: last year she also reached the final of the ‘teachers’ tournament, although then she lost against Barty.
Bertens has written on social media that one of his concerns is the need to quarantine when returning to Europe after the US Open, which would complicate his preparation for clay and playing in Rome and Roland Garros, scheduled to begin on September 27.
“The situation around COVID-19 It is still worrying and everyone’s health and control over this virus is a priority, ”said the Dutch, winner of 10 WTA titles and with the Roland Garros’2016 semifinals as the best performance in the Grand Slams.
In the men’s tournament, there are also three top-10 who have already announced their resignation from the USA Open: the current champion, Rafael Nadal (2nd), Roger Federer (4th) and Gael monfils (9th), sentimental partner of Elina Sviotolina, who has also just resigned from the New York date.
The WTA women’s circuit is back in action this week in Palermo (Italy) and the ATP tour is scheduled to resume at the end of the month.