World number one Ashleigh Barty skipped this year’s US Open owing to travel concerns. Additonally, Roland Garros defending champion has announced her stands for the upcoming Europe clay-court swing.
The tennis tour moves toward Europe clay-courts follows by the US Open series. Besides, The Paris major tournament will take place from 27th September to 11th October with a minimum crowd.
Ashleigh Barty won her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2019 French Open after defeating the Czech player Markéta Vondroušová in the straight sets. However, Aussie admitted, she will not defend her title this year due to health concerns and a lack of preparation.
“I Will Not Be Competing in Europe This Year”- Ashleigh Barty
While this year European tennis tournaments have scheduled from Istanbul Open to Roland Garros, the number one woman tennis player in the world, Ashleigh Barty regrets to announce her European tour skipping decision.
The 24-years-old tennis star wrote on her Instagram page on Tuesday, “It has been a difficult decision to make but unfortunately, I will not be competing in Europe this year. Last year’s French Open was the most special tournament of my career so this is not a decision I have made lightly.”
Additionally, She stated, “There are two reasons for my decision. The first is the health risks that still exist with COVID. The second is my preparation, which has not been ideal without my coach being able to train with me due to the state border closures in Australia.”
While Simona Halep, Serena Williams, and many other top players get ready to play at the French Open 2020, besides, Ashleigh Barty looks forward to her comeback at the Australian Open series next year.
“I wish the players and the French Federation all the best for a successful tournament.”, Barty added.
In conclusion, Australian mentioned, “I now look forward to a long preseason and the summer in Australia. It has been a challenging year for everyone and although I am disappointed on a tennis front, the health and well-being of my family and my team will always be my priority. Thank you to my fans for your continued support, I can’t wait to play for you again.”