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World’s Number One Tennis Player Ash Barty Will Not Compete in French Open

World's number one tennis player Ash Barty announced that she will not be competing in French Open this year, citing health risks amid COVID-19 pandemic and her preparation which "has not been ideal" due to coronavirus-caused restrictions.

"Last year’s French Open was the most special tournament of my career so this is not a decision I have made lightly... I wish the players and the French Federation all the best for a successful tournament. I now look forward to a long preseason and the summer in Australia. It has been a challenging year for everyone and although I am disappointed on a tennis front, the health and well-being of my family and my team will always be my priority", Barty stated on her Instagram account.

According to Barty, her coach was not able to train her due to state border closures in Australia, which impacted her preparation.


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