Ash Barty pulls out of French Open due to coronavirus concerns to ‘enjoy the summer in Australia’

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Australian tennis star Ash Barty has made the ‘difficult’ decision to pull out of the French Open grand slam due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The womens world number one will not defend her crown at Roland Garros after she also opted to miss the US Open currently being played in New York without crowds.

The 24-year-old Australian said the main reasons for her decision where the health risks associated with COVID-19 and her interrupted preparation. 

The Queenslander hasn’t been able to work with her coach recently because of domestic state border closures in Australia. 

Ash Barty (pictured after winning the 2019 French Open) will not defend grand slam crown

Ash Barty (pictured after winning the 2019 French Open) will not defend grand slam crown

‘Last year´s French Open was the most special tournament of my career so this is not a decision I have made lightly,’ Barty announced on Tuesday.

‘I wish the players and the French Federation all the best for a successful tournament.’

Barty will turn her attention to on a long pre-season and southern hemisphere summer. 

Australia closed its borders in March with international travel still heavily restricted after the federal government recently extended the overseas travel ban until at least December.  

Australian Open organisers remain confident the season-opening grand slam will go ahead as scheduled in January.

 ‘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.

Barty hasn’t played a competitive match since February. 

Her last match in a major was a semifinal loss to Sofia Kenin at the Australian Open in January.

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