Barbora Strýcová is the second Czech tennis player to cancel this year’s US Open Grand Slam due to coronavirus. The world number two in the doubles imitated Barbora Krejčíková, who withdrew from the New York tournament last week.
The resignation of the 31st singles player Uncles was announced by the organizers of the US Open. Last year, the 34-year-old Uncle dropped out in Flushing Meadows in the first round, never reaching the third round. In doubles, she played the semifinals twice here.
“Leaving the grand slam was not an easy decision, especially given my age, when the end of my career is approaching by leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, I’m not 100% sure about the safety associated with traveling to New York, so I don’t want to put my team or myself in any danger,” said Uncle on instagram.
In front of Uncle and Krejčík, three players from the world ten apologized from the US Open due to fears of covid-19: number one Ashleigh Barty from Australia, number five Elina Svitolinová from Ukraine and number seven Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands. Former champion Světlana Kuzněcovová from Russia also withdrew, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal will not come to defend the title in men’s singles.
On the other hand, the two best Czech tennis players are going overseas. Karolína Plíšková and Petra Kvitová confirmed that they want to play at the US Open.
Karolína Plíšková, Kvitová, Markéta Vondroušová, Karolína Muchová, Marie Bouzková, Siniaková and Kristýna Plíšková from the Czech Republic remain in the competition. Tereza Martincová has a chance to participate from the position of substitute. Jiří Veselý is in the men’s competition.