French Open 2021 – Men’s double player test positive: The French Open comes as a major blow to organisers, after two men’s doubles players were pulled out of the French Open draw after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the French Tennis Federation (FFT), which is based in Clay. The court organizes the Grand Slam, said on Wednesday. .
The FFT said both players were on the same team but did not name them.
Reports suggest that Nikola Metkic and Mate Pavik are the ones who have tested positive and have been eliminated from the draw.
“The organizers of the Roland Garros tournament confirm that two players from the men’s doubles draw of the same team have tested positive for COVID-19,” read a statement.
“The organizers of the Roland Garros tournament confirm that two players from the men’s doubles draw of the same team have tested positive for COVID-19. He will be replaced by the first team in the alternate list.” added this.
French Open 2021: Kovid-19 violates French Open
Organizers have said that 2,446 Tests have been conducted on players of their teams since the start of the qualifiers on May 24.
“Since the start of the tournament, 2,446 tests have been conducted on the player population and their crew so far,” The French Tennis Federation (FFT) said in a statement.
“This is the first time this year that the tournament management has had to sack players.”
Meanwhile, doubles pair Jaime Munar and Feliciano López have also withdrawn and been replaced by an alternate team. The replacement is yet to be confirmed.
The second Grand Slam of the year was played under restrictions amid COVID-19. The French government imposed a COVID-19 curfew from 9 p.m., which meant the 9/10 evening sessions at Court Philippe Chartier were being played without spectators.
According to AFP, fans were thrown out in the middle of the match on Monday evening. Tennis legend Serena Williams was also played behind closed doors.
Notably, the big 3- French Open defending champion Rafael Nadal, Swiss legend Roger Federer and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be in action on Thursday.
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(with AFP input)
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