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Simona Halep will not take part in US OPEN

World number two Simona Halep, the next top player, has canceled her participation in the US Open.

“After weighing up all the factors, and given the exceptional circumstances in which we live, I have decided that I will not travel to New York,” the 2019 Wimbledon champion announced on Monday. She has always said that health is the most important factor in making this decision.

This means that six players from the top ten of the women’s world rankings are still missing from the Grand Slam tournament in New York from 31 August to 13 September. World number one Ashleigh Barty (Australia), Elina Svitolina (Ukraine), defending champion Bianca Andreescu (Canada), Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) and Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) have also already cancelled for the US Open.

In the men’s singles, Spanish top star Rafael Nadal will not be competing due to safety concerns in the coronavirus crisis, while Swiss Roger Federer has ended his season due to injury.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber is on the entry list, but had previously stated that she would leave her trip to New York open for a long time. Kerber will not be present at the Cincinnati tournament, which starts this weekend and has been moved to New York.

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