World No 2 Simona Halep to skip US Open

World No 2 Simona Halep joined a rising selections of tennis stars when she talked about on Monday that she would skip the US Open over coronavirus fears.

“After weighing up your full parts concerned and with the distinctive circumstances all by which we reside, I’ve determined that I can not journey to New York to play the @usopen,” tweeted Halep, the present Wimbledon champion.

“I often talked about I might put my efficiently being on the coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary heart of my dedication and I attributable to this actuality want to keep and apply in Europe.”

The Romanian added: “I do know the @usta and @WTA have labored tirelessly to positioned on a protected occasion and I would really like all folks there a worthwhile match.”

Halep joins an excessive amount of prime avid avid avid avid gamers who’re passing on collaborating in at Flushing Meadows when the following Grand Slam match begins on 31 August.

Reigning US Open champion Bianca Andreescu of Canada is solely not going to play, turning proper right correct proper right into a member of males’s 2019 winner Rafael Nadal in skipping the match.

Furthermore absent from this yr’s US Open could very effectively be Australia’s top-ranked Ashleigh Barty, Ukraine’s fifth-ranked Elina Svitolina, seventh-rated Kiki Bertens, eighth-ranked Swiss Belinda Bencic – whom Andreescu beat all by the semi-finals remaining yr – and former winner Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.

Serena Williams, all by the hunt for a 24th occupation Grand Slam title to match Margaret Courtroom docket’s all-time file, will compete, as will males’s world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

New York was actually one among many hardest-hit US cities when Covid-19 first spiked in March and April, a fast hospital even being established on indoor courts on the US Tennis Centre.

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