Victoria Azarenka says custody battle to blame for US Open

Victoria Azarenka

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

The former world number 1 is locked in a dispute with Billy McKeague, her 8-month old's father.

Tennis ace Victoria Azarenka could pull out of the US Open after a judge said the eight-month-old must stay in California during the custody trial. TMZ is reporting that a judge told Azarenka that the child can not leave the state until the dispute is settled, and Azarenka is unwilling to leave the child with McKeague because she does not think he is capable of caring for him.

Azarenka told the judge she would pay the father's expenses to travel to tournaments if she could take her son, but the judge said no. Azarenka also told the judge she has a valid custody order from Belarus, but the judge won't defer to the Belarus court.

The Cincinnati-based tournament is part of the lead-up to the US Open, which begins August 28.

Defending champion Marin Cilic is also out of the Cincinnati Open. When contacted by SI, a rep for Azarenka declined to comment on the situation.

Azarenka, 28, has played in just two tournaments since the 2016 French Open. She is now ranked No. 203, though she only returned to tennis in June after taking extensive time off to give birth to her son.

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