World number two Simona Halep of Romania is the latest leading women’s player to withdraw from the US Open due to COVID-19 concerns.
Romanian Halep joined world No. 1 Ash Barty of Australia, Canada’s defending champion Bianca Andreescu, world No. 5 Elaina Svitolina of Ukraine and No. 7 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in skipping the event at Flushing Meadows.
The two-time Grand Slam winner – who won the Prague Open on Sunday – says she will stay and train in Europe, where the French Open is scheduled to start on September 27, 2020.
American great Serena Williams has committed to play in New York, along with Japanese 2018 champion Naomi Osaka, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin of the United States and Czech world number three Karolina Pliskova.
On the men’s side, Serbia’s world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Britain’s three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and Russian 2019 US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev are competing.