World primary and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty pulled out of the season-ending WTA Finals Saturday, opting to stay at dwelling and deal with getting ready for the Australian summer season.
The Australian has not performed since a shock third-round loss on the US Open in September and has now formally ended a 12 months that earned her 5 titles, together with a second main at Wimbledon after her French Open triumph in 2019.
“I wanted to let everyone know that I won’t be competing in any further tournaments in 2021, including the WTA Finals in Mexico,” the 25-year-old stated in a press release.
“It was a difficult decision but I need to prioritise my body and my recovery from our 2021 season and focus on having the strongest pre-season for the Australian summer.”
Barty received the WTA Finals in 2019 earlier than final 12 months’s model was cancelled as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic.
She spent most of this 12 months overseas as a result of of strict quarantine guidelines on getting into Australia, lastly returning in September and present process a compulsory two-week stint in lodge isolation.
She stated she was not able to undergo that once more, ending any hope of taking part in the WTA Finals at Guadalajara subsequent month.
“With ongoing challenges of travelling back to Queensland and quarantine requirements, I am not willing to compromise my preparation for January,” she stated.
“I wish the WTA team and the players all the best for a successful WTA Finals and the rest of the year.”
Barty’s focus is now on the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, which is able to resume its conventional January time slot in 2022 after a pandemic-enforced delay this 12 months.
A number of WTA occasions are set to be held within the weeks main as much as the season-opening Grand Slam though the place in Australia they are going to be performed is but to be determined on account of pandemic considerations.