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Last year’s French Open champion Ashleigh Barty is withdrawing from the US Open, citing concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world says she does not feel comfortable traveling in the current situation.

The Grand Slam tournament is set to take place in New York from August 31 to September 13.

Barty explained the decision saying (Via Australian Associated Press):

“My team and I have decided that we won’t be travelling to 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…

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