Ashleigh Barty to skip US Open, undecided about French Open

Ashleigh Barty to skip US Open, undecided about French Open

Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were on Wednesday's initial entry lists - but No.1 woman Ash Barty, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu were not - for the tournament moved from Cincinnati to Flushing Meadows next month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia's closed worldwide borders would make it hard for Barty to travel during the pandemic.

"Western & Southern Open and the U.S. Open this year", she told the Associated Press in a statement. If they don't feel safe, and don't feel comfortable, traveling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it's completely understandable.

The US Open is set to take place 31 August - 13 September, despite growing concern expressed by both Barty's peers and the public. The Grand Slam tournament is scheduled for August 31 to September 13. The defending French Open champion also kept her cards close to her chest regarding her title defence in Paris, following the US Open. It is, of course, worth noting that while the United States continues to lead the world in coronavirus cases and deaths, France has done a much better job of flattening its curve.

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Osaka was not on the entry list announced Wednesday for the Western & Southern Open, which is scheduled for August 20-28 and was moved from Cincinnati to the same hard courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that host the U.S. Open.

He believes there will be others to follow, and reports on Thursday night suggested that one player has already tested positive at the women's Palermo Open, which is due to mark the return of official tour tennis at the weekend.

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