Not on the entry list so has stuck to her word but not sure what her playing options are now.Skipping the US Open (presuming it actually happens).
The 22-year-old could comfortably make the field in New York because she has an injury-protected world ranking of 85 after missing so much of last season with back problems.www.dailymail.co.uk
And yet she skipped the Fed Cup to avoid aggravating her back on Clay in February. That's probably a greater risk to her career than catching Covid-19.I don't know if the rules have changed with the pandemic, but PR used to cover 2 grand slams in a 12 month period. I can certainly imagine the length of that would be extended considering they have missed about 5 months of the season, but it'll probably still be 2 slams, and Katie has obviously played the AO this year using her PR, so she could either be saving that final (slam) one for RG, or even the AO next year. It's a shame because using her PR at Lexington, 'Cincy' (qualies) and The USO, or at least 2 of those events, would have probably given her more chance of gaining points than playing on clay, but if she feels safer in Europe, or just wants to keep her (PR) options open (whatever they may be), then good luck to her.
There is that 125K event in Austria in week 1 of the US Open, and with the vast majority of the top 130+ in America (plus other doubles players), while she may still not get in without her PR, she might actually have a chance of doing something in a slightly weaker field, even if it is on clay.
Opportunities in 2020 for our 200-500 girls are going to be limited, but at least Katie does have a few more options available to her, and she should be able to get into just about any event she wants to for a while.