The Citizen (KZN)

Barty will skip the French Open

- Sydney

– World No 1 Ashleigh Barty announced yesterday she will not defend her French Open crown, citing coronaviru­s fears. that prompted her and several other top players to miss the US Open.

“Last year’s French Open was the most special tournament of my career so this is not a decision I have made lightly,” she said on social media.

The Australian, who claimed her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2019, said it was a “difficult” decision.

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