Caroline Garcia announced that she is withdrawing from the US Open doubles with Kristina Mladenovic after her grandmother passed away. On Tuesday, world No 7 Garcia suffered a shock defeat in the US Open first round as Wang Yafan defeated the Frenchwoman 6-4 6-1.
After the match, Garcia didn't conduct a post-match press conference. Today, Garcia announced that she learned about the passing of her grandmother on Monday and that since then she and her family have had "a very difficult time." "Hi everyone.
These last 2 days have been very difficult for our family. My grandmother passed away on Monday afternoon. I couldn't attend to the press conference after my loss, the emotions were too overwhelming. My heart needs to be with my relatives to bid my grandmother a last farewell, this is why I have to withdraw from the doubles with Kristina.
There is a time for everything in life. Today, tennis is secondary. Thank you for your understanding, Caroline," Garcia said in a message posted on her social media.
Garcia, Mladenovic out of the US Open doubles
In the US Open women's doubles first round, Garcia and Mladenovic were scheduled to play against Alize Cornet and Katarzyna Piter.
Unfortunately, Garcia was hit with very sad news and Garcia and Mladenovic were unable to play doubles together for the first time this season.
Last year, Garcia appeared in three Grand Slam tournaments together.
After losing in the 2022 Australian Open doubles second round, Garcia and Mladenovic won the French Open doubles title in front of their home fans. Garcia and Mladenovic played their third and final tournament together of the 2022 season at the US Open, where they were beaten in the quarterfinal.
Garcia and Mladenovic were targeting to play their first doubles tournament of the year at this year's US Open but unfortunately it didn't happen.
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