Two-time grand slam winner and former World number 1 Victoria Azarenka has announced she will not compete at the upcoming US Open due to an ongoing custody battle with her ex-partner.
“I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s US Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,” Azarenka announced on Monday.
Sharing the news to Facebook, the 28-year-old wrote, "like most working mothers, despite my unconditional love for my son, I am faced with a difficult situation which may not allow me to return to work right away."
She continued, "the way things stand now is that the only way I can play in the US Open this year is if I leave Leo behind in California, which I’m not willing to do."
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Azarenka welcomed her first child into the world in December last year and returned to competition in June. In July, the Belarussian announced she and her partner had separated.