British No 1 and 2, Emma Raducanu and Johanna Konta, have pulled out Chicago Fall Tennis Classic next week, joining a growing list of absentees that includes World No 2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and two Americans, Sofia Kenin, ranked 7, and Coco Gauff, ranked No 19.
It's a great feeling to be back home. I've been away for seven weeks so it's nice to be back. I have a few days' rest and recovery, I think needed after the last seven weeks. But then I am straight back to training and hungry to get better and come back out and play some more tournaments. Emma Raducanu
18-year-old Raducanu, the reigning US Open champion, recently returned to Bromley after being away for 7 weeks.
“It’s a great feeling to be back home,” she said. “I’ve been away for seven weeks so it’s nice to be back.
“I have a few days’ rest and recovery, I think needed after the last seven weeks. But then I am straight back to training and hungry to get better and come back out and play some more tournaments.”
Now ranked 22, Raducanu is assured of direct entry into events and can pick and choose which to play.
She is currently still slated to play at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, which begins the following week on 4 October.
Konta has pulled out of both Chicago and Indian Wells because of a groin injury that also forced her to skip the US Open, it is reported.
Having withdrawn from Wimbledon, the day before the Grand Slam got underway in June, when a member of her team tested positive for COVID-19, Konta also missed the Tokyo Olympics after contracting the virus herself.
She played at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati last month, where she was knocked out in the opening match by Czech Karolina Muchova.
The Chicago Fall Tennis Classic, which is a WTA 500 event, is being staged for the first time this year with prize money of $565,530 up for grabs.
The top seed for the tournament’s 64-player singles draw is World No 4 Elina Svitolina, with former Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza as the second seed.
Kim Clijsters has taken a wild card for the event, which will be the Belgian’s first competitive appearance on the WTA Tour since last year’s US Open.