Bianca Andreescu will not defend her US Open title after becoming the latest tennis star to pull out of the event.

“After many discussions with those closest to me, I have made the difficult decision not to return to New York this year. The U.S. Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”

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