Boris Becker has blasted Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, and Bianca Andreescu for skipping the French Open.
That trio have won three of the last five Grand Slam titles, although Barty and Andreescu didn’t enter the US Open last month either.
World number one Barty says coronavirus restrictions in Australia have impacted her training too much to be able to play tennis right now, while Andreescu is blaming a lack of fitness.
Osaka, meanwhile, reported the hamstring injury she suffered at the US Open did not have enough time to recover to make the trip to Paris.
Becker, though, is not having it, and after hailing Serena Williams for her commitment to the WTA Tour, he has questioned the attitudes of three of its biggest stars.
“The women played some fantastic matches in New York, often better than the men, but I am not seeing it in Paris,” Becker tod the Daily Mail.
“Where are those big matches involving the women? In fact, where are some of the biggest names in the women’s game?
“I have missed the likes of recent Grand Slam champions Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu.
“To me, it was a bit disappointing not to see Barty at either of the US or French Opens.
“These are difficult times and people are free to make their own choices but quite a few Australian players made the effort to play the US and French and to support the tour.
“The Australian cricket team have just been in England to play a series and help support their game.
“This year we have hardly seen Barty, who was watching Australian Rules football last week while the tournament she won 12 months ago was underway, or Andreescu.
“Osaka won the US Open but then could not make it to Paris. There are hardly any women’s events happening in 2020 after this.
“Just before this tournament people were recognising the 50th anniversary of when Billie Jean and others were making sacrifices to establish the women’s tour.
“I could understand players not travelling to New York more, because that was the first big event back with a lot of uncertainties, but it went well.
“It is a shame some did not come to Paris after that. We are left with an intriguing women’s event and we will see who can take advantage of the situation.
“But it would have been great to have had some more big-name matches.”
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