Previous champ Victoria Azarenka takes out of Australian Open
Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has actually been associated with a custody conflict including her kid Leo, who was born last Dec. 19.
Azarenka hasn’t competed anywhere because Wimbledon
Azarenka played only 6 matches in 2017
Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open as she continues a legal battle over the custody of her son.
Azarenka’s wildcard entry was reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic for the season’s very first major which runs from January 15-28.
Australian Open organizers revealed Azarenka’s withdrawal in a social media post Monday, a week before the tournament begins.
“It’s regrettable that (Azarenka) is not able to travel to Australia this year,” organizers published on Twitter, estimating tournament director Craig Tiley. The Australian Open, “is her favorite competition and she’s looking forward to going back to Melbourne next year.”
Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been included in a custody dispute involving her child Leo, who was born last December 19.
She hasn’t contended anywhere because Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10.
Azarenka played just 6 matches in 2017 and her year-ending ranking plunged to No. 208.
Australian Open organizers last month granted her a wildcard entry, with Tiley saying at the time “Vika’s present circumstance is obviously really tough for her and we have connected to provide any support we can.”
The Australian Open starts next Monday at Melbourne Park. Defending champ Serena Williams has actually currently withdrawn, stating her video game wasn’t back to a level where she believed she might contend for the title simply 4 months after providing birth to her first kid.