Victoria Azarenka cannot play in the US open because of a custody dispute with her ex

Victoria Azarenka, a two-time finalist at the United States Open, withdrew from this year’s tournament Monday because of

custody dispute over her infant son, Leo.  Since the child so young and there is a high conflict custody dispute Azarenka had to make the right decsion at this point in her career as a parent.

“I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s U.S. Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,” Azarenka said in a statement issued by the tournament. “While I will dearly miss being in New York and playing in one of my favorite tournaments where I have enjoyed some of the best moments in my career, I am already looking forward to being back next year.”

Azarenka, runner-up to Serena Williams in the 2012 and 2013 Opens, missed last year’s tournament because of her pregnancy. She gave birth to her son in December and returned to the tour in June, at a grass-court tournament in Mallorca. After losing in the second round there, she showed improvement at Wimbledon two weeks later, reaching the fourth round before losing to second-seeded Simona Halep.

Azarenka split with her son’s father, Billy McKeague, shortly after Wimbledon, and a custody battle followed. While the case is unresolved, the court would have placed restrictions on either parent’s leaving California with the child. Azarenka has withdrawn from two other tournaments, in Stanford, Calif., and Mason, Ohio.

Victoria Azarenka, a two-time finalist at the United States Open, withdrew from this year’s tournament Monday because of

custody dispute over her infant son, Leo.

“I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s U.S. Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,” Azarenka said in a statement issued by the tournament. “While I will dearly miss being in New York and playing in one of my favorite tournaments where I have enjoyed some of the best moments in my career, I am already looking forward to being back next year.”

Azarenka, runner-up to Serena Williams in the 2012 and 2013 Opens, missed last year’s tournament because of her pregnancy. She gave birth to her son in December and returned to the tour in June, at a grass-court tournament in Mallorca. After losing in the second round there, she showed improvement at Wimbledon two weeks later, reaching the fourth round before losing to second-seeded Simona Halep.

Azarenka split with her son’s father, Billy McKeague, shortly after Wimbledon, and a custody battle followed. While the case is unresolved, the court would have placed restrictions on either parent’s leaving California with the child. Azarenka has withdrawn from two other tournaments, in Stanford, Calif., and Mason, Ohio. Often there is a restriction on travel with the child in the home state jurisdiction Courts.  In Azarenka’s case her home state is California and they will not permit her to leave with her child.  Therefore if she is to maintain contact with her child she must reside in California for the time being until the custody court works out a plan that both parties agree to and can worth with and ultimately trust each other hereinafter.

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