“My team and I have decided that we will not travel to the US for the Western and Southern Open and US Open this year,” said Bertie, who won the French Open last year for her first major title, in a statement .
“I love both events so it was a difficult decision but due to Kovid 19 there are still significant risks involved and I don’t feel comfortable putting my team in that position. I wish the USTA all the best for the tournament and the look I am looking forward to coming back to America next year.
“I will make my decision in the coming weeks at the French Open and the adjoining WTA European tournaments.”
The US Open main draw is scheduled to begin on 31 August.
The Western and Southern Open, which is typically held in Mason, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, will be held this year at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, with the main draw games beginning on August 22.