Simona Halep confirms she ‘does not currently plan to play’ US Open, but ‘decision not set in stone’

Simona Halep press conference

Two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep looks set to skip the 2020 US Open as she has no plans to travel to New York City at the moment, but admits she could still change her mind.

The United States Tennis Association has confirmed that the US Open will take place from August 31 to September 13, but it will be a closed-doors event without fans.

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Strict health and safety measures are also set to be introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, but world No 2 Halep is set to give the hard-court Grand Slam a miss.

“Given the conditions outlined in the U.S. Open announcement this morning, as of today I do not currently plan to play in NYC,” she told Reuters in an emailed statement.

She added: “I would like to underline that my decision is not set in stone.”

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