Australian Open 2018: Former champion Victoria Azarenka withdraws because she’s ‘unable to travel to Australia’

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has grow to be the newest star to pull out of the Melbourne event.

The 28-year-old received the Grand Slam in 2012 and 2013, however is “unable to travel to Australia this year”, organisers mentioned.

She has beforehand missed tournaments owing to an ongoing youngster custody battle.

Azarenka, at present ranked 210 on the earth, had been given a wild card entry into the event, which begins on January 15.

Tournament director Craig Tiley tweeted: “It’s unfortunate that vika7 is unable to travel to Australia this year. The #AusOpen is her favourite tournament and she’s looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year.”

Last week, reigning girls singles champion Serena Williams mentioned she wouldn’t play in Melbourne.

The former world primary mentioned she was “super close” to being tournament-ready however reluctantly withdrew from the competitors. It was due to be her first Grand Slam since giving start to daughter Alexis Olympia in September.

Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Svetlana Kuznetsova have additionally withdrawn.

PA


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