According to the British tennis star, Andy Murray, there are going to be a lot more withdrawals from the U.S.Open, after Ashleigh Barty who just pulled out from the event. Though his decision to take part in the tournament is made.
The world number one just announced her exit from the slam as well as the warm-up Cincinnati Open in New York, due to fears regarding the ongoing pandemic.
“The Ash Barty withdrawal, I think we will see it quite a bit. I have heard some of the top male players aren’t going to play. I would expect that would be the case. It’s everyone’s personal decision.” Murray said in a statement.
He also said, “If they don’t feel safe and don’t feel comfortable traveling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it’s completely understandable. All of the players will have some reservations and it’s whether or not you feel comfortable taking that risk.”
The former world number one did talk about some of his apprehensions but is willing to take the risk. “Like I said the other day, my feeling is once we are inside that bubble they created, we will be OK. It’s more international travel and getting there which I will be a bit concerned about. That is huge.”
“I don’t feel comfortable putting my team and me in that position,” says Barty on why she pulled out from the slam.
The Australian professional withdrew from the US as well as the Cincinnati Open this year as she is not willing to take the consequential risk involved.
“My team and I have decided that we won’t be traveling to the US, and (the) Western and Southern Open and the U.S.Open this year”, the Roland Garros singles champion said.
“I love both events, so it was a difficult decision, but there are still significant risks involved due to Covid-19 and I don’t feel comfortable putting my team and me in that position.”
Nevertheless, the events are still going to take place in New York, with a number of tennis favorites playing on the court!