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Germany's Andrea Petkovic the latest player to pull out of US Open

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Filed on August 22, 2020
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A brief statement from the US Tennis Association said the withdrawal of 89th-ranked Andrea Petkovic would allow Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk to move into the main draw.

(AFP)

The tennis Grand Slam, due to start on August 31, has been hit by a rash of player withdrawals due to Covid-19 fears.

Former top 10 player Andrea Petkovic of Germany has become the latest player to withdraw from the US Open tennis championships, organisers said Friday.

A brief statement from the US Tennis Association said the withdrawal of 89th-ranked Petkovic, owner of six WTA titles and a former French Open semi-finalist, would allow Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk to move into the main draw.

The Grand Slam tournament, scheduled to start on August 31 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows in new York, has seen a rash of high-profile withdrawals over coronavirus fears.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal, top-ranked woman Ashleigh Barty and world number two Simona Halep are among a list of stars opting to skip the event because of concerns about Covid-19.

It wasn't immediately clear if that was what prompted Petkovic to pull out.

The 32-year-old was forced out of the Australian Open in January with a knee injury that required surgery in February. She resumed training in May and played in an exhibition event in Berlin in July.


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