Ash Barty pulls out of French Open due to coronavirus concerns to 'enjoy the ...

Ash Barty pulls out of the French Open to 'enjoy the summer in Australia' – as she reveals the two reasons she won't be defending her first Grand Slam title Womens tennis world number one Ash Barty will not defend French Open crown Aussie pulled out of grand slam at Roland Garros due to coronavirus concerns Barty will now focus on a long pre-season in lead up to 2021 Australian Open 

By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia and Associated Press

Published: 02:00 BST, 8 September 2020 | Updated: 02:41 BST, 8 September 2020

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Australian tennis star Ash Barty has made the 'difficult' decision to pull out of the French Open grand slam due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The women's world number one will not defend her crown at Roland Garros after she also opted to miss the US Open currently being played in New York without crowds.

The 24-year-old Australian said the main reasons for her decision where the health risks associated with COVID-19 and her interrupted preparation. 

The Queenslander has been unable to work with her coach Craig Tyzzer recently due to domestic state border closures in Australia. 

Ash Barty (pictured after winning the 2019 French Open) will not defend grand slam crown

Ash Barty (pictured after winning the 2019 French Open) will not defend grand slam crown

'Last year´s French Open was the most special tournament of my career so this is not a decision I have made lightly,' Barty announced on Tuesday.

'I wish the players and the French Federation all the best for a successful tournament.'

The delayed grand slam starts at Roland Garros on September 27.

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