April 15, 2021

Pella hits out at US Open organisers over COVID-19 protocols – tennis

Argentina’s Guido Pella has slammed the USA Tennis Affiliation (USTA) over Benoit Paire’s constructive COVID-19 take a look at earlier than the U.S. Open, saying the organisers of the Grand Slam utilized well being protocols otherwise within the Frenchman’s case.

Match organisers refused to disclose the id of the participant however Paire, who was faraway from the draw on Sunday, later confirmed on social media that he had examined constructive.

French gamers Adrian Mannarino, Kristina Mladenovic and Edouard Roger-Vasselin had been positioned below an “enhanced protocol plan” for gamers who may need been probably uncovered to the virus, permitting them to proceed competing within the match.

Final month Pella and Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien had been faraway from the Western & Southern Open, performed in New York earlier than the U.S. Open, after their health coach examined constructive for COVID-19 whereas they had been all inside the match’s managed setting.

Pella stated he and Dellien had been “unfairly quarantined” for 14 days.

“… I’m joyful for them (French gamers) to be taking part in proper now, however I wish to know why they (USTA) did that with us, didn’t give us any info,” Pella informed reporters after his first-round defeat by Jeffrey Wolf on Tuesday.

“I’m mad at them due to that. As a result of they modified the principles when Benoit examined constructive… I simply need some solutions, as a result of everybody in my scenario would really like the identical factor.

“I used to be in quarantine unfairly for 14 days… and I do know for certain that when Paire acquired his constructive take a look at, immediately he acquired a second one. My coach didn’t… for 4 or 5 days as a result of they stated the New York well being division doesn’t do one other take a look at when you take a look at constructive.”

A spokesperson for the USTA informed Reuters on Monday that the organisers constructed the “enhanced protocol plan” in session with the New York Metropolis Division of Well being and Psychological Hygiene.

A number of gamers have spoken out in opposition to the therapy of Pella and Dellien and Canadian Vasek Pospisil stated on Tuesday that it was one of many triggers to launch the PTPA, a brand new gamers physique, unexpectedly earlier than the U.S. Open.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Further reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)