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Barty desperate to defend Grand Slam

19th March 2020, 11:58 by Bobbie Jackson

Ashleigh Barty hasn't been in contact with French Open chief Guy Forget but has vowed to defend her title.

Forget and the French Tennis Federation announced plans on Tuesday that they intend to stage the French Open, which was scheduled to take place in May, in September.

The decision to switch the date of the event without consulting organisers of Wimbledon and the US Open has received widespread criticism.

The ATP and The WTA said in a joint statement: "Now is not a time to act unilaterally, but in unison."

Barty, who won the title in 2019, also wasn't told of the plans to move the competition to a later date in the season.

However, the Australian insists she will do everything possible to make sure she is available for the rescheduled tournament.

"I haven't spoken to Guy Forget but I'm happy to play the tournament whenever it is scheduled," Barty told the Australian Associated Press on Thursday.

"I hope I get the chance to defend my title in September - any opportunity to compete is something I'll grab with both hands."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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