Two more big names on the women’s side announced they will not be playing the 2020 U.S. Open as Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina announced their decisions on Friday.
Adding to the growing list of top players choosing not to come to the United States, Bertens and Svitolinaj join defending champion Rafael Nadal and the top-ranked woman Ashleigh Barty among others.
“After long consideration I have decided not to go to the States for Cincinnati and the U.S. Open,” Bertens wrote on Instagram. “The situation around COVID-19 is still worrying and the health of everyone and the control over this virus is priority.”
In a Twitter post, Svitolina, a semifinalist last year, said:
“Considering all the aspects, I have decided not to play the US Open 2020. I want to thank the USTA, organizers and WTA for giving the players a chance to play and the fans a chance to watch this great event. I understand and respect all the efforts they are putting to make it happen in a safe environment, but I still don’t feel comfortable to travel to US without putting my team and myself at higher risk. Best of luck to everyone. Until the next year’s US Open.”
The Western & Southern Open is set to begin on Thursday, August 20.