Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has never in her career skipped a Grand Slam, but the uncertain situation presented by the coronavirus pandemic made her decide not to travel to New York for the 2020 US Open which starts on August 31st.
The 2011 US Open quarterfinalist currently ranked 30th made the announcement on social media:
I’ve been thinking a lot and decided not to play the US Open this year. It wasn’t easy because I hadn’t missed any Grand Slam in my entire carrier. Tennis is almost everything for me.
The main reason is insecurity, US Open doesn’t provide any guarantees. I don’t feel comfortable to travel to USA in such circumstances.
Thanks WTA and USTA that give us a chance to play. From this moment, every player is on his own. My team and I have decided it would be for the best not to participate.
The former world No.13 Pavlyuchenkova recently played and went all the way to the title at the first-ever Women’s Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), an exhibition competition created by Patrick Mouratoglou during the mid-season break.
Besides Pavlyuchenkova, the WTA Insider shared a list of other women’s tennis players that are also opting out of the US Open:
No.29 Q. Wang (CHN)
No.34 S. Zheng (CHN)
No.38 Goerges (GER)
No.74 L. Zhu (CHN)
No.78 Y. Wang (CHN)
No.84 Potapova (RUS)
No.92 Bogdan (ROU)
No.97 Stosur (AUS)
No.103 S.Peng (CHN)
On Tuesday, the USTA announced that 13 Grand Slam singles champions and nine of the Top 10 women in the world headline the initial women’s singles entry list at the US Open.