2020 seems to be the year that keeps on taking, and it’s meant some of the worlds biggest sporting stars have had to put their dreams on hold.
Ash Barty announced today she will not be competing in this years French Open, and ultimately not defending her 2019 crown.
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It has been a difficult decision to make but unfortunately I will not be competing in Europe this year. Last year’s French Open was the most special tournament of my career so this is not a decision I have made lightly. There are two reasons for my decision. The first is the health risks that still exist with Covid. The second is my preparation, which has not been ideal without my coach being able to train with me due to the state border closures in Australia. I wish the players and the French Federation all the best for a successful tournament. I now look forward to a long preseason and the summer in Australia. It has been a challenging year for everyone and although I am disappointed on a tennis front, the health and well-being of my family and my team will always be my priority. Thank you to my fans for your continued support, I can’t wait to play for you again.
Trivial to some, but sad news for the super star of a tennis player.