Victoria Azarenka could miss 2017 US Open due to son’s custody battle
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Victoria Azarenka could miss 2017 US Open due to son’s custody battle

Victoria Azarenka, who has reached the final of the US Open twice, might withdraw from the 2017 tournament due to her son’s custody battle.

tennis Updated: Aug 17, 2017 22:14 IST
Reuters, New York
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Victoria Azarenka has won the Australian Open twice and has reached the final of the US Open in 2012 and 2013 but she is in doubt for the 2017 edition.(AP)

Two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka said on Thursday she may withdraw from the U.S. Open as she is unwilling to part with her son during legal proceedings to separate from her former partner.

Azarenka returned to action in June, after the birth of her son Leo last December, and reached the last 16 at the Mallorca Open in June and Wimbledon in July during her comeback.

The 28-year-old, who reached the finals at the U.S. Open in 2012 and 2013, remains optimistic that legal arrangements can be worked out to allow her to compete shortly.

“The way things stand now is that the only way I can play in the U.S. Open this year is if I leave Leo behind in California, which I’m not willing to do,” the Belarusian said in a statement. Balancing child care and a career is not easy for any parent, but it is a challenge I am willing to face and embrace... No one should ever have to decide between a child and their career, we are strong enough to do both,” she said.

“I look forward to hopefully having positive developments soon so that this difficult situation can be resolved and I can get back to competing.”

The US Open, which is the fourth and final grand slam of the year, will be held from Aug. 28-Sept. 10 in New York City.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 22:13 IST