Wawrinka to skip US Open

GENEVA (AFP) – Former champion Stan Wawrinka confirmed that he will not play the US Open citing “the health situation in New York” as the Grand Slam event took another hit.

Wawrinka, the US Open winner in 2016, was already missing from the entry list along with four-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Now, the 35-year-old will instead focus on Roland Garros where he won his second career major in 2015.

“There is the health situation which is particular in New York. I did not want to go the US under these conditions,” the world number 17, also the 2014 Australian Open champion, told RTS in Switzerland.

Players at the US Open, which starts on August 31, will be subject to tight health controls to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

It will also be played behind closed doors.

“And the sequence of tournaments which follows after the US Open will be tough,” he added, referring to the Italian Open which starts a week after the conclusion of the New York event.

Roland Garros, delayed from May-June, will then start in Paris on September 27.

“Finally, there are all the uncertainties related to the quarantine issue. There are still many questions and doubts about the holding of the US Open.”

Earlier on Friday, top 10 women’s players Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens said they were skipping the US Open.