Lose weight. Ashleigh Barty, the No. 1 in the world, announced that she will not play the Indian Wells tournament, which has been moved in the calendar and will be played from October 6 to 17, on hard surface.
Barty, 25, said he will miss the appointment in the United States, which ran from March to October after some changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, because he will take care of his physique in a year with a lot of official activity.
The complete Australian player won five titles in 2021, with Wimbledon as the highest cup, being the year in which she raised the most trophies in her career.
Barty did not do well in Indian Wells, having participated twice and left quickly. She fell to Greek Maria Sakkari in her debut in 2018 and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the round of 16 in 2019.
Thus, the Australian joins another important absence, since last week the Japanese Naomi Osaka announced her withdrawal, former No. 1 of the WTA list and currently No. 8, also absent from the last WTA 1000 of the 2021 season by choice.
The 23-year-old Japanese comes with a seizure, despite her coronation at the Australian Open, as she withdrew from Roland Garros to take care of her mental health, lit the cauldron at the Tokyo Olympics, went three months without playing (including Wimbledon) and lost fast at the US Open.