Ashleigh Barty to miss French Open, opts out of European travel for 2020 season

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The world No 1 has confirmed that she will not defend her French Open title or compete in Europe this season.

The reigning Roland-Garros champion Ashleigh Barty has announced her decision to pull out of all European competition this year due to Covid risks and lack of preparation – meaning she will not defend her title in Paris.

The world No 1 said on Instagram that her main reasons to pull out were health risks and her lack of preparation.

“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.”

She will look to resume play as the new season starts in Australia in 2021.

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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.

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