Add two more to the growing list

Former US Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and doubles world number two Barbora Strycova have joined the growing list of players refusing to play at this year’s US Open due to concerns around travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

I feel very sad Svetlana Kuznetsova

Kuznetsova, who won the title in 2004 and was also runner-up three years later, announced she would not be playing via Instagram.

“I feel very sad,” the former world number two said, citing the “unfavorable situation” surrounding coronavirus and the inability to get all her coaching team together as the reason behind her withdrawal.

Strycova in contrast, has not yet made a statement explaining the reason for her withdrawal from the tournament.

The Czech who was to retire after the Tokyo Olympics, admits her plans have been somewhat disrupted by the pandemic.

Ranked 31st and 32nd respectively, Strycova and Kuznetsova would have both been seeded at this year’s Flushing Meadows. Their withdrawals now mean that nine top-40 players on the WTA Tour will not be appearing at this grand slam event and that number is expected to increase over the coming weeks and is expected to include the world number two Simona Halep who will make her final decision this weekend.

The US Open is scheduled to start in three weeks on August 31st.



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