World Number 2 Simona Halep has withdrawn from the US Open amidst the coronavirus pandemic. She made her announcement via Twitter saying that she is putting her health ahead of tennis. Halep will remain in Europe where she will train rather than take part in the competition at Flushing Meadows, which is due to get underway on August 31.
“After weighing up all the factors involved and with the exceptional circumstances in which we are living, I have decided that I will not travel to New York to play the US Open. I always said I would put my health at the heart of my decision.” Halep said. “And I, therefore, prefer to stay and train in Europe. I know the United States Tennis Association and Women’s Tennis Association have worked tirelessly to put on a safe event and I wish everyone there a successful tournament.”
The announcement came after she beat Elise Mertens in the final 6-2 7-5 in the Prague Open. She is the latest player to pull out of the tournament joined by Ashleigh Barty, defending champion Bianca Andreescu and Elina Svitolina who have already withdrawn. The 28-year-old, whose best performance at the US Open was a semi-final appearance in 2015, becomes the latest high-profile player to pull out of the tournament.