Svetlana Kuznetsova Withdraw From US Open 2020
Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open champion, added her name to the growing group of players who withdraw from the Grand Slam tournament 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kuznetsova wrote on Instagram Monday that she was withdrawing from the US Open and the tournament that precedes it on the same site in New York.
The Western & Southern Open begins August 22; the US Open begins August 31.
Kuznetsova wrote: “I feel very sad, because I have been (waiting) so much for these tournaments, but the pandemic changes all plans.”
The 35-year-old Russian, who also won the 2009 French Open, has risen to No. 2 in singles. She is currently ranked 32nd, which would have lined him up to be seeded at Flushing Meadows.
Three of the top seven women in the rankings, including No. 1 Ash Barty, withdrew from the US Open, as did defend male champion, Rafael Nadal. , and others like Stanislas Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios. Kiki Bertens and Elina Svitolina, who are currently in the top ten in the WTA, have also retired.
Andy Murray has given up his US Open wild card after Alexei Popyrin’s retirement pushed him into the main draw. Popyrin withdrew from the US Open on Sunday, allowing 2012 champion Andy Murray to move to the main draw.
Murray, a former world number one before being hit by injury, is currently ranked 129th in the rankings, which means he will now join the field at Flushing Meadows on merit. It was at the US Open that Andy Murray finally broke his Grand Slam duck, winning 2012 final after failing twice to finish second at the Australian Open in 2010 and 2011.
Popyrin, the world number 103, is believed to have followed fellow countrymen Ashleigh Barty and Nick Kyrgios in withdrawing from the US Open for safety reasons. Murray can forgo the wild card invitation he received from the US Tennis Association, which will now be given to American Mitchell Krueger.
Popyrin, ranked 103rd, joins Australians Ashleigh Barty and Nick Kyrgios as players skipping the US Open, which is scheduled to be played without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic in New York beginning Aug. 31.