Victoria Azarenko has officially withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of a custody battle over her son Leo. The reason behind it is the player’s family situation.
The court has placed restrictions on the athlete to leave California with the eight-month-old child. Victoria would be able to play at the U.S. Open if she had left her son in Los Angeles, but she refused to do so.
– I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s US Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through. While I will dearly miss being in New York and playing in one of my favorite tournaments where I have enjoyed some of the best moments in my career, I am already looking forward to being back next year.” – the official website of US Open quotes Victoria Azarenko.
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In the main draw instead of Victoria Azarenko will be Japanese Misa Eguchi.
Victoria Azarenko hoped that she would manage to come to terms with Leo’s farther and agree that all three would travel together and Victoria could compete – so Leo would be provided with the constant presence of both of his parents. But it seems it didn’t work out.
Victoria Azarenko played 10 times at the US Open. Her best achievements there were the two finals (2012, 2013) where she fell to Serena Williams.
The U.S. Open is scheduled to take place from 28 August to 10 September.