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Women’s World No 1 says not Playing in US Open, Western & Southern Open

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Women's World No 1 says not Playing in US Open, Western & Southern Open

Top-ranked women’s tennis player Ashleigh Barty has said that she will not compete. This includes the Western and Southern Open and the US Open. Getting infected with coronavirus is the main reason. The announcement of the reigning French Open champion shocked the tennis world. She was attempting to make a sudden splash after several months of hiatus. Barty’s pullout in these tennis events will force online tennis bettors to look for other options for lucrative money while taking a chance in the sport.

Difficult decision

In a statement, the Australian said that it was “a difficult decision”. It was hard not to take part in these events due to virus concerns. The French Open champion noted that she does not want her team to be infected with the disease. Ashleigh Barty wishes the organizers, the US Tennis Association, to have an eventful tournament, as she hopes to return to America next year.

Meanwhile, Barty is still uncertain. She ponders whether she’ll resume her season in the European circuit and defend her French Open title in Paris. The claycourt major is re-scheduled to September 27. She will be making her decision on the French Open and the other European WTA events in the coming weeks. The 24- year-old female superstar rose from outside the Top 10

This year’s Western and Southern Open takes place at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City. The main draw is on August 22. On the other hand, the US Open main draw kicks off on August 31. Aside from Barty, three other Top 10 female netters are not taking part in the Western & Southern Open. They are No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 6 Bianca Andreescu and No. 10 Naomi Osaka. Meanwhile, No. 3 Karolina Pliskova, No. 4 Sofia Kenin and No. 9 Serena Williams remain listed as entrants for the tournament.

The last time the US Open women’s event was held without the top women’s singles player was in 2010 when Williams opted not to play because of a foot injury. Barty will not be the only tennis star to possibly miss the Grand Slam tournament as Halep stated that she will focus herself on her claycourt campaign in her build-up to the French Open. She is to take part in Prague on August 10.

US Open director respects Barty’s sudden pullout

US Open tournament director Stacey Allaster said that she respects the decision of the players who opt out of the event due to the risks caused by the coronavirus. Allaster has been pushing hard to salvage the tournament that will be held without spectators and with extreme health precautions. The US Open official said that she looks forward to seeing Barty play again. The disease must be eradicated so that every tennis player is ready to play.

In the men’s division, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal were also doubtful starters. However, the stars entered in the Southern and Western Open. US Tennis Association officials pledged to create a biosecurity lab within three weeks.

Conclusion

Players expressing their doubts into taking part in sports events – even on a major tournament – is sort of a new normal these days. This affects not only the quality of play but also the number of fans watching live on television. This will surely disappoint online tennis bettors all around the world. The possible non-appearance of the top netters in the world might affect betting on tennis stars in the US Open, with bettors thinking twice of placing their money on higher-ranked players that could get defeated by lower-ranked players even in crucial moments of the event.