After McKeague filed custody documents in Los Angeles, where Azarenka, 28, has a residence, a judge informed the Belarus-born athlete she is unable to leave the state of California with her infant son as the custody dispute drags on. It is expected that the hearings will be extended through October, which means that Victoria Azarenka will have to miss the US Open in NY scheduled for 28 August-10 September or agree to stay apart with her son during the tournament. Azarenka reportedly has a valid custody order from Belarus, but the judge won't defer to the Belarus court.
"I am disappointed to have to pull out of the Western and Southern Open due to a family matter", Azarenka said in a statement released by the tournament. "I look forward to coming back to Cincinnati and playing in front of its great fans for many years to come". The U.S. Open kicks off on August 28.
Defending champion Marin Cilic is also out of the Cincinnati Open.
After a layoff for her son's birth, Azarenka reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon last month before losing to second-ranked Simona Halep.
Azarenka, 28, has played in just two tournaments since the 2016 French Open.