Popyrin latest Aussie to pull out of US Open

NEW YORK (AFP) – Alexei Popyrin last Sunday became the latest Australian player to withdraw from the US Open, following compatriots Ashleigh Barty and Nick Kyrgios.

The decision by Popyrin, the 20-year-old world number 103, means that former champion Andy Murray moves into the main draw as of right having already been awarded a wild card by the organisers.

Women’s world number one Barty and Kyrgios, one of the sport’s major drawcards despite his ranking of 40, had both said they would not make the trip to New York for the Grand Slam event.

They cited serious health concerns over the coronavirus for their decision.

The reason for Popyrin’s withdrawal was not given.

Alexei Popyrin. PHOTO: AFP