April 15, 2021

Paire assessments optimistic for COVID-19 earlier than US Open: Report – tennis

France’s Benoit Paire has examined optimistic for COVID-19 and pulled out of the U.S. Open beginning on Monday, French sports activities every day L’Equipe reported. Paire, seeded 17th on the Grand Slam occasion, had been scheduled to play Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak within the first spherical at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.

Paire’s title not appeared on the record of seeds on the event web site on Sunday and the lads’s draw confirmed Majchrzak would play Spain’s Marcel Granollers.

A United States Tennis Affiliation spokesman mentioned he may “solely affirm {that a} participant has examined optimistic and has been withdrawn”.

The 31-year-old Paire arrived in New York to play the Western & Southern Open final week, a tune-up for the U.S. Open, however he didn’t full his first-round match towards Croatia’s Borna Coric.

Paire appeared unwell throughout the match and requested for a physician within the opening set earlier than retiring within the second whereas trailing 6-Zero 1-0.

L’Equipe reported that fellow Frenchmen Richard Gasquet, Adrian Mannarino, Gregoire Barrere and Edouard Roger Vasselin had been additionally requested to self-isolate of their resort rooms after Paire’s optimistic check.

The U.S. Open is being performed with out followers and in a biosecure bubble because of the pandemic, however a number of high-ranking gamers skipped the event resulting from coronavirus considerations.

World quantity three Dominic Thiem informed reporters he nonetheless felt assured within the stage of security on the occasion.

“There isn’t any safer place on the earth proper now than right here,” mentioned Thiem. “Possibly you possibly can lock your self someplace in a cave or one thing, I don’t know, in the midst of the ocean. In any other case it’s tremendous protected right here.

“Nonetheless one thing can occur, as you may see with Benoit. We hope that no person else is contaminated,” he added.

Thiem was amongst those that apologised in June for the best way gamers performed themselves at Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition occasion after which 4 gamers examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru and Amy Tennery in New York, enhancing by Ed Osmond/Peter Rutherford)