Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka is carefully considering whether lockdown and quarantine restrictions may be too much for her at the US Open.
The 58th-ranked double Australian Open champion, beaten in Lexington this week by Venus Williams in the opening round, is doing some personal cost benefit analysis about the striped-down major due to start in New York from August 31.
The US-based player from Belarus does not seem particularly attracted to a regime of frequent virus testing at a tournament to be played without fans and media with players strictly confined to a “health bubble” between hotel and venue.
“I respect everybody’s decision regarding the US Open,” Azarenka said, while adding that she had not yet decided herself as to whether she would play.
“I’m am not predicting how it will go. Because I think the people who are doing that are not going to be playing there.
“At the moment I am looking forward to going there. I respect everybody’s decision for coming or not coming. Your safety and health should be a priority.”
But she added: “Before coming here when we had all the calls with all the rules and the restrictions coming in it made me a little bit discouraged.
“It’s good (that it’s) for your protection but at the same time, it felt a little bit like… I’m not sure if I actually want to go. It will be tough to adjust.” the mother of one said.
Notable pullouts from the Open include both defending champions, Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu, plus former champion Stan Wawrinka along with WTA Top 10 players Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens and ATP competitors Fabio Fognini and Gael Monfils.