Thanasi Kokkinakis (right) underlined his potential after defeating Roger Federer in Miami in 2018. File / AFP
The Australian is the biggest name so far to withdraw from the tournament, with her decision coming as the United States marked a grim milestone when its COVID-19 deaths topped 150,000.
While the sports world is making an effort to get the ball running, the news that the Swiss maestro of tennis will be off the court for this year is ominous.
The former world number one is taking part in the Battle of the Brits Team tennis event in London this week and remains focused on the showpiece hard-court event in New York, scheduled to start on Aug.31.
In a series of videos and photos Sheikh Hamdan wrote on Instagram, “No excuse” on the video and carried on with his pals on the trip.
The Emirati clocked a timing of 51:50 seconds in the third round of the competition. The event had nine rounds in total where 70 swimmers were in action. The top 16 advanced to the semi-finals while the best eight managed to find their way to the final, which will take place on Wednesday.
An expanded list of the probables for the Serbia camp, to be held from Aug.6-13, was announced by the UAE FA on their social media platform. The final list will be announced three days prior to the departure.