New York (AP) – defeat in the singles, out in the doubles: actually the Belgian tennis player Kirsten Flipkens would now be on the plane back to Europe.
But because she was in contact with Frenchman Benoît Paire, who tested positive for the corona virus, during the US Open, she is not yet allowed to leave New York. The Corona terms of the organizers in New York state that the professionals who belonged to Paire’s contact group “must stay here for another two weeks from the last contact with Benoît,” Flipkens wrote on Instagram. “That means until Friday, September 11.”
Which would have far-reaching consequences for the Belgian. Due to the late departure, she would no longer have the opportunity to qualify for the Masters 1000 event in Rome. As number 72 in the world, she would have no chance to start the small tournament in Strasbourg in the week of September 20, she would have to play without any preparation on clay at the French Open in Paris, which starts on September 27. And that although all her corona tests so far have been negative.