We know that the reduced tennis calendar is barbaric this year after 4 months stopped with no play, I understand and thank for the efforts they are putting in to make it happen. We have just seen the announcement of Madrid not being played this year.
He has also withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open which has been moved from Cincinnati this year to New York in attempts to contain the amount of travelling across the US players would have to do.
Ashleigh Barty also withdrawing from US tournaments
Last week WTA World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty also withdrew from the US Open again citing significant risks due to COVID-19 and has said she will make a decision whether to defend her title at the rescheduled Roland Garros, following the US Open.
Her compatriot Nick Kyrgios, who has spoken out many times about fellow tennis players not respecting rules around coronavirus after the ill-fated Adria tour has also withdrawn from the tournament.
Last week at the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis, Andy Murray believed there could be more to come. Simona Halep, who recently withdrew from Palermo has entered the US Open but could leave it to the last minute to withdraw.
He said: “I think we’ll see it quite a bit. It’s everyone’s personal decision, If they don’t feel safe and don’t feel comfortable travelling and going there and don’t want to put themselves and their team at an increased risk, it’s completely understandable.
“I think all of the players will have some reservations and it’s just whether or not you feel comfortable taking that risk.
He continued: “For me, my feeling is that once we’re inside that bubble they’ve created we’ll be ok. It’s just more the international travel and getting there – that’s what I’d be a bit concerned about.”
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