January 18, 2021

US Open loses 2 extra top-10 girls: Svitolina, 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 event in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

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 snug to journey to US with out placing my group and myself at excessive danger.”

No. 7 Bertens, who’s Dutch, wrote on Instagram that one among 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 desires to play on the clay-court event in Rome earlier than heading to Paris.

“The scenario round Covid-19 remains 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 stated he gained’t play on the U.S. Open, citing issues about touring in the course of 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.

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 lads are scheduled to start play later this month.