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Azarenka says custody dispute keeps her out of Fed Cup final

Miami Open - Day 13

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 02: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays a backhand against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the womens final during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka says she will sit out the Fed Cup final between Belarus and the United States because of an ongoing custody dispute with her baby’s father.

Azarenka tweeted about her absence from Belarus’ team on Tuesday.

The two-time Australian Open champion wrote that “it is heartbreaking for me to not have a chance to play,” but her “current custody situation” is forcing her to stay in California.

Azarenka cited that dispute when she pulled out of the U.S. Open in August. She hasn’t played anywhere since Wimbledon in early July.

Belarus hosts the United States in the best-of-five-match final at an indoor hard court in Minsk on Saturday and Sunday.

U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens leads the American team.


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