France’s Benoit Paire has examined positive for COVID-19 and pulled out of the U.S. Open beginning on Monday, French sports activities day by day L’Equipe reported. Paire, seeded 17th on the Grand Slam tournament, were scheduled to play Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak within the first around at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.
Paire’s title now not gave the impression at the checklist of seeds at the event website online on Sunday and the lads’s draw confirmed Majchrzak would play Spain’s Marcel Granollers.
A United States Tennis Association spokesman mentioned he may “only confirm that a player has tested positive and has been withdrawn”.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 remaining week, a tune-up for the U.S. Open, however he didn’t entire his first-round fit in opposition to Croatia’s Borna Coric.
Paire gave the impression in poor health right through the fit and requested for a health care provider within the opening set before retiring in the second one whilst trailing 6-Zero 1-0.
L’Equipe reported that fellow Frenchmen Richard Gasquet, Adrian Mannarino, Gregoire Barrere and Edouard Roger Vasselin have been additionally requested to self-isolate of their lodge rooms after Paire’s positive check.
The U.S. Open is being performed with out fanatics and in a biosecure bubble because of the pandemic, however a number of high-ranking avid gamers skipped the event because of coronavirus considerations.
World quantity 3 Dominic Thiem advised journalists he nonetheless felt assured within the degree of protection on the tournament.
“There is no safer place in the world right now than here,” mentioned Thiem. “Maybe you can lock yourself somewhere in a cave or something, I don’t know, in the middle of the sea. Otherwise it’s super safe here.
“Still something can happen, as you could see with Benoit. We hope that nobody else is infected,” he added.
Thiem used to be amongst those that apologised in June for the best way avid gamers performed themselves at Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour exhibition tournament and then 4 avid gamers examined positive for the unconventional coronavirus.
(Reporting through Rohith Nair in Bengaluru and Amy Tennery in New York, modifying through Ed Osmond/Peter Rutherford)