REIGNING US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has joined Rafa Nadal in pulling out of the event over “unexpected circumstances”.
The ladies’s champ has joined the 2019 males’s winner in pulling out of Flushing Meadows – which begins later this month.
Reigning girls’s singles champion Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of the US OpenCredit score: Splash Information
Reigning males’s singles champions Rafa Nadal has additionally said he’ll skip the US OpenCredit score: AP:Related Press
Andreescu, 20, blamed “unexpected circumstances”, together with her return from damage hampered by coronavirus.
In a press release posted to social media, the Canadian ace wrote: “I’ve made the troublesome determination to not return to New York this 12 months.
“I’ve taken this step with a purpose to give attention to my match health and be sure that I return able to play at my highest degree.”
“The US Open victory final 12 months has been the excessive level of my profession to this point and I’ll miss being there.
“Nevertheless, I realise that the unexpected challenges, together with the Covid-19 pandemic, have compromised my potential to organize and compete to the diploma essential to play on the highest degree.”
Andreescu famously beat dwelling hero Serena Williams in final 12 months’s US Open last to win her first Grand Slam.
However now she joins world No1 Ash Barty, in addition to fellow world prime ten stars Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens in skipping the occasion.
World No2 Simona Halep can also be count on to overlook this 12 months’s event.
Bianca Andreescu beat Serena Williams to win at Flushing Meadows in 2019Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Andreescu’s absence means each the women and men’s singles may have new champions in 2020 after Nadal announced his withdrawal earlier this month.
Nadal claimed: “After many ideas I’ve determined to not play this 12 months’s US Open.
“The scenario could be very sophisticated worldwide, the Covid-19 instances are rising, it appears like we nonetheless don’t have management of it.
“We all know that the diminished tennis calendar is barbaric this 12 months after 4 months stopped with no play, I perceive and thank for the efforts they’re placing in to make it occur.
“We now have simply seen the announcement of Madrid not being performed this 12 months.
“All my respects to the USTA, the US Open organisers and the ATP for attempting to place the occasion collectively for the gamers and the followers all over the world by TV.
“This can be a determination I by no means needed to take however I’ve determined to comply with my coronary heart this time and in the intervening time I quite not journey.”
Roger Federer will even be absent by damage.
However Novak Djokovic announced he would play in his personal assertion on Thursday.
Djokovic – who tested positive for coronavirus after his doomed Adria Tour – stated: “I’m pleased to substantiate that I’ll take part on the US Open this 12 months.
“It was not a simple determination to make with all of the obstacles and challenges on many sides.
“However the prospect of competing once more makes me actually excited.
“I’ve performed all of the check-ups to verify I’m absolutely recovered and I’m able to get again on courtroom absolutely dedicated to enjoying my finest tennis.”