Official: Halep will not go to the US Open

The Romanian tennis player announced on Monday that she will not go to New York to play the American Grand Slam. "Health is at the center of my decision."


New confirmed withdrawal for the US Open in the women's field. After the resignation of Ashleigh Barty and Belinda Bencic was known, this Monday the number 2 of the WTA ranking, the Romanian Simona Halep, made their absence official.

Halep, who already had doubts about whether to attend the tournament and who said she would make a firm decision after the Prague Tournament (where she was proclaimed champion) has announced her definitive resignation through social networks. "After assessing all the factors involved and with the exceptional circumstances we are experiencing, I have decided not to travel to New York to play in the US Open. I have always said that I would put my health at the center of the decision and that is why I prefer to continue training in Europe. I know the USTA and the WTA have worked hard to hold a safe event and I wish you a successful tournament "

He left the unknown until Prague

Romanian Simona Halep, world number two, announced that she would decide whether to participate in the US Open after the WTA tournament in Prague.

"I need to feel things, see the changes that they (the organizers of the US Open) are going to make on the trip and everything else," said the world number two, referring to the American Open, which will be held on 31 December. August to September 13, and pointing to the "harsh" conditions in this country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With the removal of Halep, the Australian Ashleigh Barty, world number one, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (5) and the Dutch Kiki Bertens (7), the tournament feels some uncertainty among the participants, despite the decision of the organizers to create a safe "bubble" in New York, with strict protocol and no spectators.

"I know it's very strict, it's a bit stressful from my point of view," added Halep in Prague, according to local media. "But these safety rules are necessary, health is the most important thing. My priority is my health, the mental part, and I don't want to stress about anything. I will base my final decision on that," he said.

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