France’s Benoit Paire assessments constructive for COVID-19; pulls out of US Open: L’Equipe

New York, August 31

France’s Benoit Paire has examined constructive for COVID-19 and pulled out of the US Open beginning on Monday, French sports activities day by day 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 identify now not appeared on the listing of seeds on the match web site on Sunday and the boys’s draw confirmed Majchrzak would play Spain’s Marcel Granollers.

A United States Tennis Association spokesman mentioned he might “only confirm that a player has tested positive and has been withdrawn”.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 US Open, however he didn’t full his first-round match in opposition to Croatia’s Borna Coric.

Paire appeared unwell in the course of 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 constructive check.

The US Open is being performed with out followers and in a biosecure bubble as a result of pandemic, however a number of high-ranking gamers skipped the match attributable to coronavirus issues.

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

“There is no safer place in the world right now than here,” mentioned Thiem. “Maybe you’ll be able to lock your self someplace in a cave or one thing, I do not know, in the course of the ocean. Otherwise it is tremendous secure right here.

“Still something can happen, as you could see with Benoit. We hope that nobody else is infected,” 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 constructive for the novel coronavirus. Reuters

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