The American judge has declined Victoria Azarenka’s custody order from Belarus, which means a longer trial and possibly a drop-out from the upcoming US Open.
Victoria’s attorney Laura Wasser has revealed the details of the baby battle to TMZ on Friday.
Tennis Star Victoria Azarenka: My Ex and a Judge Are Making Me Skip the US Open https://t.co/UWrJ8QV2Hr
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 11, 2017
Azarenka cannot take her son Leo out of California until the case, that had been initiated by her ex-boyfriend and the father of the baby, is resolved. The judge had also declined a valid custody order from Belarus submitted by the tennis player.
It transpired that Victoria Azarenka and Bill McKeague broke up in late July. For the last few weeks the couple has been engaged in a legal custody battle over their 9-months-old son.
Turns out, after the break-up McKeague went to court that passed a ruling ordering the baby’s stay in Los Angeles. McKeague took Leo away from Azarenka and deprived her of the opportunity to see the child.
Former world No1 even had to resort to the help of an Israeli attorney Zeev Valner who is a well-known expert in family law, the media reported on 10 August.
Preparations for the trial were kept in secret. Upon their completion, the decision concerning parental authority was raised by Azarenka.
There were hopes that the case would be brought to Belarus, where Victoria, Leo and and Billy are all residents. For some reason the judge declined it, so now it is clear that the custody battle is not going to end until October at the earliest.
According to TMZ, the tennis player was willing to pay for McKeague’s 2-week stay in New York, where US Open kicks off on 28 August, but the judge said no.
Azarenka, who made a sports come back at Wimbledon, already withdrew from the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford due to an illness and will most likely decline Cincinnati next week, the Telegraph writes.
It is now a big question if she will be able to take part in the year’s final grand slam, as clearly Victoria has more pressing issues to address.