World No. 1 tennis player Ashleigh Barty won’t be in Paris to safeguard her French Open tennis title.
The Australian said she will not be traveling to Europe because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as factoring in her lack of preparedness to play at Roland Garros.
“It has been a difficult decision to make but unfortunately I will not be competing in Europe this year,” Barty said in a statement.
“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.