Barty opts out of Australia group for BJK Cup finals

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SYDNEY, Oct 5 (Reuters) – A return to courtroom for Ash Barty this season regarded much less seemingly on Tuesday after the world primary was omitted from Australia’s group for subsequent month’s Billie Jean King Cup finals in Prague.

The Wimbledon champion, who returned to Australia after a third-round exit on the U.S. Open in September, led her nation to the ultimate of the final accomplished version of the Fed Cup in 2019.

The ladies’s group match was cancelled due to the worldwide well being disaster final 12 months and subsequently renamed in honour of American trailblazer King.

Former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, one other Fed Cup stalwart, may even miss the Nov. 1-6 finals with world quantity 47 Ajla Tomljanovic joined by Astra Sharma and Storm Sanders in addition to debutants Ellen Perez and Olivia Gadecki within the group.

“Ajla has had an incredible year and this is a great opportunity for her to lead the team,” captain Alicia Molik mentioned in a information launch.

“Storm and Astra are both tremendous team players and it’s exciting to welcome Ellen and Olivia to the team for the first time.”

Australia received the Fed Cup seven instances with the final title coming in 1971.

Barty missed many of the 2020 season because the COVID-19 pandemic took maintain around the globe, opting to remain in Australia the place the brand new coronavirus was initially efficiently suppressed.

The 25-year-old returned to the tour this 12 months and received 5 titles, together with a maiden Wimbledon title on the All England Club in July.

Her administration group mentioned final month that Barty won’t defend the WTA Finals title she received in Shenzhen in 2019 when the elite season-ending competitors returns in Mexico on Nov. 8. learn extra

Anyone arriving in Australia from overseas should nonetheless endure 14 days of obligatory lodge quarantine.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, modifying by Richard Pullin

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Women's Singles - Round 1 - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 25, 2021. Ashleigh Barty of Australia in action during her first round match against Sara Sorribes of Spain REUTERS/Edgar Su