Australian Open 2018: Victoria Azarenka pulls out of tournament due to custody battle over son
Azarenka had been handed a wildcard into the opening Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne, starting on 15 January, but will not be making the trip.
Melbourne: Former champion Victoria Azarenka, who has been locked in a custody battle over her young son, pulled out of the Australian Open on Monday.
The two-time winner had been handed a wildcard into the opening Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne, starting on 15 January, but will not be making the trip.
"It’s unfortunate that Azarenka is unable to travel to Australia this year," tournament director Craig Tiley tweeted. "The Australian Open is her favourite tournament and she's looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year."
Azarenka returned from maternity leave in the middle of last year but skipped the US Open after a Los Angeles judge presiding in a custody case over her son Leo ruled she could not leave California until the matter had been settled.
She had been in doubt for Melbourne Park after pulling out of last week's Auckland Classic.
The Belarusian is the latest top name to withdraw from the Australian Open.
Serena Williams, herself a new mother, opted out last week, saying she was still not at the level needed for a major tournament after giving birth.
Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori are also non-starters after succumbing to injury.
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On Sunday, Canada, runners-up to Spain in 2019, will attempt to win the Davis Cup for the first time. Australia haven't played in the final since 2003 when they claimed a 28th title.
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