Pavlyuchenkova opts out of U.S. Open due to Covid-19 ‘insecurity’

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Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stated on Wednesday that she is not going to shuttle to New York to participate within the U.S. Open later this month as organisers may no longer ensure her well being and protection amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Open is ready to be performed from Aug. 31-Sept. 12 whilst the rustic leads the arena with over 4.7 million showed COVID-19 instances and greater than 157,000 deaths, in accordance to a Reuters tally.

Pavlyuchenkova, 29, joins the likes of males’s protecting champion Rafa Nadal and ladies’s global primary Ash Barty who pulled out of the Grand Slam out of worry of contracting the unconventional coronavirus throughout their keep within the nation.

“I’ve been thinking a lot and decided not to play (the) U.S. Open this year,” Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 30 on the earth, stated. “It wasn’t easy because I hadn’t missed any Grand Slam in my entire career. Tennis is almost everything for me.

“The main reason is insecurity, (the) U.S. Open doesn’t provide any guarantees. I don’t feel comfortable to travel to USA in such circumstances.

“From this moment, every player is on his own. My team and I have decided it would be for the best not to participate.”

Although Barty has pulled out, 9 of the ladies’s most sensible 10 had been named within the girls’s box whilst global primary Novak Djokovic headlines the boys’s box after organisers launched the access checklist on Tuesday.

While the boys’s ATP Tour is but to resume because it was once suspended in March, the ladies’s WTA Tour returned this week with a event at Palermo the place strict tips are in position to curb the unfold of the virus.

Players also are scheduled to play on the Aug. 20-28 Western & Southern Open in New York, which serves as a warm-up tournament for the U.S. Open.

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