Azarenka to miss 2018 Australian Open

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Azarenka to miss 2018 Australian Open

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Former WTA No.1 Victoria Azarenka will miss the Australian Open 2018, according to the official site of the WTA, which cites tournament director Craig Tiley.

- Unfortunately, Azarenka cannot come to Australia this year. The Australian Open is her favorite tournament and she is looking forward to returning to Melbourne next year," said Tiley in a statement on Monday.

The reason for Azarenka's refusal to travel to Melbourne is a lawsuit with her child's father William McKeague for the custody of their son Leo. Because of this, the Belarusian has already missed the tournament in New Zealand's Auckland last week and several previous competitions.

The couple broke up in July 2017, and in October they entered a lawsuit that is taking place in Los Angeles. Because of the trials after the Wimbledon tournament, Azarenka could not play, including in the final of the Federation Cup Belarus v USA, which was held in Minsk in November and Belarus lost narrowly 2:3.

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In mid-December, Victoria Azarenka received a Wild Card from the organizers of the Australian Open, which will be held January 15-28, 2018, in Melbourne. Now the Belarusian will be replaced by Ajla Tomljanović, who received Wild Card (No. 108 of the WTA rating). The highest position of the Croatian in the world ranking was 47th in 2015. In 2017, she returned to tennis after surgery on her shoulder.

Azarenka twice won the Australian Open (2012 and 2013).