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Barty Cautious on US Open


Ashleigh Barty is pumped about the prospect of tournament tennis returning, but the reigning Roland Garros champion is wary about playing the US Open.

The US Open main draw is scheduled to start on August 31st. New York City has been the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the United States.

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The USTA is proposing moving the Western & Southern Open from its Cincinnati home to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York and playing the tournament right before the US Open. Both the Western & Southern Open and US Open would likely be played without fans in an effort to provide a healthy safe zone for players and staff.

The world No. 1 told the Sydney Morning Herald she'll need to understand all of the safety information from the USTA and WTA before deciding whether to play in the U.S. 

"It's exciting that tennis is being talked about again and things are moving in the right direction for us to start competing but I'd need to understand all of the information and advice from the WTA and the USTA before making a decision on the US events," Barty told the Herald.

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The New York Times reports international athletes traveling to the United States could have their 14-day quarantine waived, however it's uncertain if that quarantine waver would apply to coaches, physios and members of players' teams.

 "It's not just me, it's my team I have to consider," Barty said.

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