Andy Murray expects more US Open withdrawals after world No. 1 Barty pulls out

Andy Murray is expecting more withdrawals from the US Open next month after world No. 1 Ash Barty declared she would not take part.

Murray will travel to New York and insists her decision hasn’t affected his desire to play at the hard court Grand Slam, which starts on August 31, but he revealed he’d heard that ‘some of the top male players aren’t going to play’.

Barty announced her withdrawal on Thursday, saying: ‘My team and I have decided that we won’t be travelling to the US for the Western and Southern Open and the US Open this year.

‘I love both events so it was a difficult decision but there are still significant risks involved due to Covid-19 and I don’t feel comfortable putting my team and I in that position.’

Murray is confident that the United States Tennis Association will provide safe conditions for the players upon arrival, with his only concern surrounding the international travel.

‘The Ash Barty withdrawal, I think we will see it quite a bit,’ Murray said after his doubles win alongside Lloyd Glasspool against Alistair Gray and Dom Inglot at the Battle of the Brits.

‘I have heard some of the top male players aren’t going to play. I would expect that would be the case.

‘It’s everyone’s personal decision. If they don’t feel safe, and don’t feel comfortable, traveling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it’s completely understandable.

‘All of the players will have some reservations and it’s whether or not you feel comfortable taking that risk.

‘Like I said the other day, my feeling is once we are inside that bubble they created, we will be okay. It’s more the international travel, and getting there which I will be a bit concerned about it.’

Meanwhile, the resumption of the WTA Tour in Palermo, which starts next week, hit a snag after a first positive coronavirus test was confirmed.

It’s believed to have been a doubles player who tested positive.

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