(Brisbane) World number 1 Ashleigh Barty will not defend her WTA Finals title as she ends her season due to onerous travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wanted to tell everyone that I will not be participating in any other tournaments in 2021, including the WTA Finals in Mexico,” Barty said in a statement on Saturday.
“It was a difficult decision, but I have to prioritize my body and my recovery,” the Australian explained.
Barty has not played since the US Open in September, and says she is now preparing to win the Australian Open again, the first major tournament of the season presented in January.
The 25-year-old has won five trophies this season, including his second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July. She’s already guaranteed to finish the year in first place in the world rankings.
Barty won the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China in 2019. The tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic that made her the title holder.
Forced to self-isolate for two weeks in quarantine when she returned to Australia after the US Open in September, she had no desire to repeat the same process on the way home after the WTA Finals to be held in Mexico from November 10 to 10. 17.
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