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Ash Barty says she will not play in this year’s US Open, amid travel fears during the coronavirus pandemic – ABC News

Ash Barty says no to this year’s US Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Australian world number one is undecided over whether to defend her French Open crown.

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World women’s number one Ash Barty has withdrawn from the US Open in a massive blow to the grand slam tournament in New York.
Key points:

  • Australia’s Ash Barty reached the fourth round at last year’s US Open, her equal-best result at the tournament
  • The coronavirus pandemic has forced the rescheduling of the majors, with the US Open now set for late August
  • The French Open, which Barty won last year, has been moved to a late September start because of the pandemic
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