Defending champion Andreescu withdraws from US Open

Defending champion Andreescu withdraws from US Open

Reaching the final as the first teenager in NY since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009, Bianca went a step further to lift the trophy, adding her name to Maria Sharapova who was the last teenage Major champion here at the US Open 13 years ago.

In her statement, Andreescu said that last year's US Open was the high point of her career so far and she'll miss being there. "However, I have realized that there are unpredictable issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, that could compromise my ability to prepare and compete in the form necessary to play at my best level".

The 20-year-old hasn't played so far in 2020, experiencing a bad knee injury at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen last November and still not reaching her best.

Andreescu, who captured her first Grand Slam title by beating Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in 2019, joins a growing list of high-profile players to withdraw from the upcoming tournament.

13 U.S. Open, joining world number one Ash Barty, Ukraine's Elina Svitolina (five) and Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens (seven).

Novak Djokovic has just confirmed that he will be competing in the U.S. Open this month.

Novak Djokovic, a 17-time Slam singles champion, will travel to NY tomorrow and play a tune-up event inside a Covid-19 quarantine bubble on the Flushing Meadows grounds.

In addition to Nadal, men who are out of the field include 2016 U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils and Nick Kyrgios. "She'll come back. She'll do well when she's ready". Roger Federer will be missing the tournament as he is recovering from a knee surgery.

The 20-year-old Canadian beat Serena Williams in straight sets in last year's final, earning her maiden grand slam triumph. She returned to the sport two years later to win her second US Open title as a wild card, and defended her title the next year.

Among the big names that will skip the 2020 edition of the US Open are France's Gael Monfils, Italy's Fabio Fognini, 2016 victor Stan Wawrinka, and Australian crowd-puller Kyrgios.

Andreescu's slot in the women's event will be taken by Olga Govortsova.

Another woman pulled out Thursday.

Novak Djokovic revealed on Thursday that he would compete in NY. Fiona Ferro - who won the first tournament when tour play resumed, last week at Palermo, Italy - blamed a rib injury.

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