Germany's Andrea Petkovic the latest player to pull out of US Open
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.
Andrea Petkovic has withdrawn from the US Open.- US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 21, 2020
Marta Kostyuk moves into the main draw. pic.twitter.com/4hWP85I2NS
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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