January 17, 2021

US Open loses 2 extra top-10 girls: Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens – tennis

Two extra top-10 girls — Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens — will miss the U.S. Open, becoming a member of No. 1-ranked Ash Barty in skipping the Grand Slam tennis match throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Tennis Affiliation additionally introduced Friday that Barbora Krejcikova withdrew. She is ranked 115th in singles, eighth in doubles.

The fifth-ranked Svitolina, a Ukrainian who was a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows a yr in the past, posted Friday on social media that she doesn’t “really feel comfy to journey to US with out placing my staff and myself at excessive danger.” No. 7 Bertens, who’s Dutch, wrote on Instagram that one in every of her issues is the should be quarantined upon returning to Europe after the U.S. Open, which runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 and won’t have any spectators.

The French Open — the place Bertens reached the semifinals in 2016 — is scheduled to start Sept. 27. She additionally needs to play on the clay-court match in Rome earlier than heading to Paris.

“The state of affairs round COVID-19 continues to be that worrying and the well being of everybody and the management over this virus is precedence,” Bertens wrote.

Defending males’s champion Rafael Nadal additionally has mentioned he received’t play on the U.S. Open, citing issues about touring throughout the pandemic. Additionally out of the sphere: Roger Federer, who’s sitting out the remainder of the season after two operations on his proper knee.

Stan Wawrinka, Fabio Fognini and Gael Monfils are amongst different males not going to New York.

With Friday’s three withdrawals, Francesca Di Lorenzo), Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Viktoriya Tomova moved into the ladies’s singles draw.

Sachia Vickery will get the wild-card invitation that initially was awarded to Di Lorenzo.

The skilled tennis excursions went on hiatus in March due to the pandemic. The ladies’s circuit returned to motion this week in Palermo, Italy; the boys are scheduled to start play later this month.