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No. 1 Barty says no thanks

SYDNEY — No. 1-ranked Ashley Barty says she has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she is not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Barty is the biggest name yet to opt out of the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis.

“I will make my decision on the French Open and the surrounding WTA European tournaments in the coming weeks,” Barty said in a statement to Australian Associated Press on Thursday.

Barty won the French Open in 2019 for her first singles major. The clay court major was postponed earlier in the year and is expected to be played after the U.S. Open.

Trouble at Oregon State

Athletes and others with ties to the program told The Associated Press that the head volleyball coach at Oregon State University runs an abusive program that has seen 11 players quit or transfer since 2016 and two team members contemplate suicide.

Fifth-year head coach Mark Barnard has been accused of these allegations according to interviews done by the Associated Press.

University spokesman Steve Clark called for a “full and impartial” investigation. At Oregon State, at least six players have left the team since the start of 2019 alone.

The Associated Press

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