One in, one out Djokovic to play in grand slam but An­dreescu withdraws

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Si­mon Briggs

No­vak Djokovic has con­firmed he will play at the US Open, but reigning women’s cham­pion Bianca An­dreescu has pulled out.

Djokovic will fol­low his old ri­val Andy Mur­ray to New York, mean­ing at least two ac­tive slam cham­pi­ons should be in the men’s draw.

But with Rafael Nadal al­ready a re­fusenik, the exit of An­dreescu means the tour­na­ment has lost both de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

The Cana­dian missed the early part of the season with a knee in­jury and said: “Un­fore­seen chal­lenges, in­clud­ing the Covid pan­demic, have com­pro­mised my abil­ity to pre­pare”.

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