French tennis player Pierre-Hugues Herbert has announced that he will skip the US Open Grand slam event later this month as he is about to become a father.
French player Pierre-Hugues Herbert says he will skip the US Open Grand Slam event
Speaking to L'Équipe, Herbert says, "It's related to several things but the final decision was made because of it (becoming a father) We know that from the ninth month, the delivery can happen at any time and I could not see myself going to the other side of the planet to play a tournament .The decision was not easy to take compared to Nico (Mahut).
I procrastinated a lot. If it had only been simple, the decision would have been much more obvious. I broke my head for almost three months. I hope he will find someone." The decision of Herbert to skip the US Open means that partner Nicolas Mahut is looking for a new doubles partner.
Mahut posted an update on Twitter, tagging friend Julien Benneteau saying, "Soon to become a father, Pierre-Hugues Herbert will not go to the US Open. Shall I sign us up, buddy? You have 3 weeks to be ready !!!" Several other top players have also decided not to travel to the US Open for the Grand Slam event, including women's World No.
1 Ash Barty and men's World No. 2 Rafael Nadal. Nick Kyrgios has also pulled out of the event as have 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko and China’s Wang Qiang. The tournament could see more withdrawals in the coming days.
Former World No. 1 Andy Murray has also said he is keen to play the tournament but wanted to have some assurance about the insurance aspects for the players and their teams as well as the quarantine aspects for players coming back to Europe.
29 year old Pierre-Hugues Herbert has completed the Career Grand Slam in doubles, following wins at the 2015 US Open, the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, the 2018 French Open and the 2019 Australian Open - all with Mahut.
The duo have also won seven ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, and an ATP Finals title. In doubles, he is currently ranked No. 19 in doubles, with a peak ranking of No. 2. In singles, he has reached three ATP career finals and peaked at No.
36 in February 2019. He is currently ranked No. 71 in singles.