By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia and Associated Press
Published: 02:00 BST, 8 September 2020 | Updated: 02:41 BST, 8 September 2020
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
'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.