Sports Former champion Azarenka withdraws from the Australian Open

07:42  08 january  2018
07:42  08 january  2018 Source:   MSN

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Victoria Azarenka won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013. (AP). MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open , with her wildcard entry to the season's first major reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic.

Former tournament champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from next week's Australian Open less than a month after being awarded a wildcard. Azarenka , a former world No 1 and a two-time winner in Melbourne, has been in a custody battle with her former partner over their son, Leo

In this April 2, 2016, file photo, Victoria Azarenka keeps her eyes on the ball as she prepares to return to Svetlana Kuznetsova during the women's singles final at the Miami Open.© Alan Diaz/AP Photo In this April 2, 2016, file photo, Victoria Azarenka keeps her eyes on the ball as she prepares to return to Svetlana Kuznetsova during the women's singles final at the Miami Open. MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open, with her wildcard entry to the season's first major reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic.

Australian Open organizers announced Azarenka's withdrawal in a social media post Monday, a week before the tournament begins.

''It's unfortunate that (Azarenka) is unable to travel to Australia this year,'' organizers posted on Twitter, quoting tournament director Craig Tiley. The Australian Open, ''is her favourite tournament and she's looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year.''

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Two-time champion and former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open .

NEW YORK — Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday because she was unable to resolve a custody dispute with her infant son’s father. Azarenka has not played since Wimbledon, and the former No. 1 player is now ranked 204th.

Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been involved in a custody dispute involving her son Leo, who was born last December 19.

She hasn't competed anywhere since Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10.

Azarenka played only six matches in 2017 and her year-ending ranking plummeted to No. 208.

Australian Open organizers last month granted her a wildcard entry, with Tiley saying at the time ''Vika's current situation is obviously very difficult for her and we have reached out to offer any support we can.''

The Australian Open starts next Monday at Melbourne Park. Defending champion Serena Williams has already withdrawn, saying her game wasn't back to a level where she believed she could contend for the title just four months after giving birth to her first child.

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Tennis players often snack on bananas during changeovers. The light meal is routine and usually without drama, but Day One of the Australian Open featured two banana incidents. During a changeover in the third set against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Denis Shapovalov struggled to open several stubborn bananas. Shapo was frustrated but persevered and managed to eat some banana before winning the third set in a tiebreak.This win is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!#AusOpen@denis_shapopic.twitter.com/pW3hPnzkmp— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2018Coco Vandeweghe refused to continue playing until she had had a bite of banana.

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