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World No 1 Ash Barty to skip French Open title defence due to Covid concerns

  • Australian uncomfortable travelling during pandemic
  • Biggest name to pull out of tournament in September

Ashleigh Barty will not defend her French Open title this year after the world No 1 opted to miss the tournament in Paris due to concerns over coronavirus and a lack of training time spent with her coach.

The Australian, who becomes the biggest name to pull out so far, has already skipped the US Open, currently being played in New York. Her absence from Roland Garros will be a huge blow to organisers, who were planning for a delayed 21 September start amid the pandemic in France.

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