After the cancelation of the Wimbledon, the news that the 2020 US Open would be happening came as a surprise. However, many players have pulled out of the event with others unsure of their participation. Potentially adding to the growing list of withdrawals from the event is two time Grand Slam Champion Simona Halep.
“I’m Not Going” – Simona Halep
After being suspended for months, the WTA Tour has finally returned. The first event of the Tour was the Palermo Open which Simona Halep sadly withdrew from. However, she did sign up to play the doubles event at the Prague Open. Before leaving for the event, the Romanian gave a statement regarding the US Open. She said,
“At the moment, I’m not going to the US Open. It’s been a strange year, we have to get used to it. I really missed tennis, that’s why I signed up for the doubles event in Prague.”
(Quotes have been translated)
Since the Prague Open was being played before the US Open, many would have expected Halep to play the event. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this is going to happen which is bad news for the fourth Grand Slam of the year.
Almost every single day, we keep seeing players withdraw from the US Open. Players such as Ashleigh Barty and Elina Svitolina have already pulled out of the event. In addition to that, on the men’s side, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka have also decided to skip the event this year due to the pandemic.
Sadly, the coronavirus isn’t the only problem the US open is facing with regard to participation. Due to the growing number of cases, the event has had to impose many restrictions. This is players like Novak Djokovic have been critical of the event and have hinted at skipping it.
If players continue to withdraw from the event, it may lead to the 2020 US Open being canceled altogether.