Ashleigh Barty will not defend her French Open tennis title, will not travel to Europe

The Australian said in a statement that he would not travel to Europe because of the Kovid-19 pandemic as well as a lack of preparation to play at Roland Garros.

“It has been a difficult decision but unfortunately I will not compete in Europe this year,” Barty said in a statement. “Last year’s French Open was the most special tournament of my career, so it was not a decision I took lightly.

“There are two reasons for my decision. The first is the health risk that still exists with Kovid. The second is my preparation, which is not ideal for me to coach without my coach due to the state border closure in Australia .

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

“I now look forward to a long-time president and summer in Australia. It has been a challenging year for all 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. Thank you my fans for your continued support, I can’t wait to play for you again. ”

At the 2019 French Open, Barty won his first major title by defeating Marketa Vondrosuva. Later that June, Barty reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings for the first time.

The 24-year-old, Barty, announced in late July that she would not compete in the Western and Southern Open or the US Open in New York, citing Kovid-19 concerns.

The French Open is typically the second major in the tennis calendar year, which traditionally begins in late May and ends in early June. This year’s tournament was moved due to coronavirus and now starts later this month. Wimbledon was canceled earlier this year due to an epidemic.