Azarenka set to skip US Open

Victoria Azarenka

A judge and Victoria Azarenka's ex-boyfriend are making her choose between her baby and US Open

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus may miss out on the US Open because of the ongoing custody battle with her ex-boyfriend and the father of her eight-month-old son Leo, Laura Wasser, a lawyer of the Belarusian tennis player, told the media.

After the 2013 W&S Open champ spilt up with the boy's father last month, the father filed custody papers in Los Angeles and the judge won't allow Azarenka to take the child out of California until the matter is settled, according to TMZ. With the case set to wrap in October, Azarenka will skip the Open, which kicks off August 28 in NY, as she refuses to leave her child in the hands of her former beau.

Azarenka, a former world number one, is considered by some to be the favourite for the US Open - should she attend.

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Per Briggs, Azarenka brought her son with her to Wimbledon and McKeague watched him while she played, but Azarenka and McKeague broke up shortly after the event.

The 28-year-old native of Belarus is a two-time Australian Open champion and had a strong showing at Wimbledon, reaching the fourth round in her first Grand Slam tournament since the 2016 French Open.

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