Belarusian tennis player and former world number one, Victoria Azarenka, has confirmed that she would miss the US Open tournament due to an ongoing family situation.
The 28-year-old, who only returned to tennis in June after giving birth to her son, Leo, in December separated from his father in July and last week she issued a statement saying she could only play in the tournament “if I leave Leo behind”.
According to her, she’s sadly unable to compete in this year’s US Open due to her ongoing family situation that she’s working through.
“While I will dearly miss being in New York and playing in one of my favourite tournaments where I have enjoyed some of the best moments in my career, I am already looking forward to being back next year.” Azarenka said.
Earlier in August Azarenka pulled out of the Cincinnati Open because of a family matter.
The Australian Open champion in 2012 and 2013, reached the final in New York in the same two years, while she was knocked out in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2017.
Meanwhile, Misa Eguchi, of Japan, moves into the main draw for the tournament, which starts on 28 August.