Bianca Andreescu will not defend U.S. Open title

Ross Houston
August 14, 2020

An announcement on her Instagram made Thursday afternoon, August 13, revealed that Bianca Andreescu's U.S. Open bid is out the window, as she's dropping out of this year's tournament.

"It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on so many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited".

"I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open this year", the 33-year old Serb said.

The US Open site housed a makeshift COVID-19 hospital earlier this year as the pandemic that shut down tennis and other sports had its first major US outbreak in NY.

"I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level".

Andreescu defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in last year's US Open final.

However, Andreescu said the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on her ability to sufficiently prepare for the tournament and therefore has elected to stay away.

Other players who have said they won't play at the U.S. Open include the top-ranked woman, Ash Barty, and past men's champion Stan Wawrinka. Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.

Djokovic was one of several people - including his wife; one of his coaches, Goran Ivanisevic; and other players - who got the coronavirus during an exhibition tour he organized in Serbia and Croatia while the professional tennis tours were suspended.

"Nevertheless, I've trained hard with my team and got my body in shape so I am ready to adapt to new conditions".

His confirmation also came after he initially expressed scepticism that the tournament would go ahead, describing the cap on players' entourages at the tournament as "extreme" and "impossible". "I look forward to joining my competitors back on court soon".

The US Open gets under way at the same venue three days later.

The victor of a record eighth Australian Open before the season went into lockdown said he respected and appreciated the "time, effort, and energy" taken to put on the two events which are being staged in a quarantine environment without spectators at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

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