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Roland-Garros: World number one Ashleigh Barty will not defend her title 

This Tuesday, the Austrlaienne announced her decision not to play Roland Garros for fear of the coronavirus and because she believes that she will not be able to be competitive because of a lack of training.

This is the first blow for the Parisian Grand Slam. Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty announced on Tuesday that she was giving up playing Roland Garros. “The French Open last year was the most special tournament of my career, and it is not a decision that I took lightly”, justified on social networks the player of 24 years old, who has already given up on the US Open this year. “There are two reasons for my decision: the first is the health risks that still exist because of the Covid. The second is my preparation, which was not ideal when my coach was unable to train with me because of the border closures in Australia, ”she added.

She also skipped the US Open

Barty is based in Brisbane while her trainer, Craig Tyzzer, lives in Melbourne, confined for two months following a resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic. Travel between the two cities is therefore not authorized. At the end of July, she had also given up on the US Open, which is currently taking place in New York. She also invoked “significant risks” related to the Covid-19 virus. The 24-year-old Australian player then said she would follow the evolution of the epidemic before deciding whether or not to participate in Roland Garros, which begins on September 27. Tuesday, she admitted that her package comes during a “difficult year for all”. “I wish the players and the French Federation the best, and a successful tournament,” Barty continued. “I am now looking forward to a long preseason and summer in Australia,” she added.

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First Australian to win Porte d’Auteuil for 46 years

Last year, beating the young Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the final, Barty became the first Australian in 46 years to win Roland Garros. The victory had helped him to become world number one, a place she seized with her victory a week later at the Birmingham tournament. His last competitive singles match dates back to the end of February, during the Qatar Open.
Its package comes as the organizers of the tournament, exceptionally rescheduled in the fall (September 27-October 11), have announced that the players will have to stay in two hotels chosen by the organizers. In addition, it must accommodate a reduced number of spectators, a maximum of 11,500 per day, instead of the 20,000 it aspired to.

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