"My team and I have decided that we won't be traveling to the US for the Western and Southern Open and the US Open this year. I love both events so it was a difficult decision but there are still significant risks involved due to Covid -19 and I don't feel comfortable putting my team and I in that position.
I wish the USTA all the best for the tournaments and look forward to being back in the US next year," said Ashleigh Barty, who will not be playing the 2020 US Open. The world no. 1 announced her decision to skip the event on the grounds of Covid-19 related concerns The defending French Open champion also kept her cards close to her chest regarding her title defense in Paris, following the US Open.
She said: "I will make my decision on the French Open and the surrounding WTA European tournaments in the coming weeks" Barty’s decision came on the side-lines of the entry deadline of the US Open, on 29th July 2020.
However, before this, her absence in the entry-list for the Cincinnati-based event that will be played at the US National Tennis Center this year had indicated that the Australian would not be traveling to the US.
What will do the other stars?
Apart from the pandemic-related scenario in the US, the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for people entering Europe from the States is also making players reluctant and skeptical about playing in the North American country.
Regardless, the US Open entry list does feature the top two men’s singles players in the world - world no. 1 Novak Djokovic and world no. 2 Rafael Nadal. While Djokovic has hinted, he could travel to New York City and has also been training with the official US Open balls, the latter has not confirmed his participation as yet.
In terms of players who have decided to not be a part of the US swing, Ashleigh Barty is one among the many bigger names who have opted to forego playing in the US this year. Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, and Elina Svitolina have also decided not to play in the country.
Among the men, Stan Wawrinka, Fabio Fognini, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Gael Monfils are among the notable absentees. About the Western and Southern Open there will be no Roger Federer, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu and Elina Svitolina.
What will Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams do instead? A question that all tennis fans are asking, after the Entry List for the combined of Cincinnati came out, exceptionally this year in New York.