New York (AP) – Number one women’s doubles Kristina Mladenovic / Timea Babos was excluded from the further course of the tournament at the US Open due to Mladenovic’s contact with tennis professional Benoit Paire, who was infected with the corona virus.
The American tennis association USTA referred in its announcement to the regulations of the health authorities of Nassau County, New York, where most of the players live. Mladenovic is one of those who have been in contact with the player who tested positive for Covid-19 for longer, the USTA statement said. The organizer did not mention the name Paire, but the 31-year-old Frenchman himself had made his test result public.
Mladenovic had to remain in quarantine in her hotel room, which is why the double with Babos was disqualified. Why Mladenovic was ruled out, but Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who was also identified as a contact person, was allowed to play his match in the third round against Alexander Zverev the day before after long discussions, initially remained unclear. Mladenovic had sharply criticized the organizers of the Grand Slam tournament a few days ago.
“This is a nightmare that we are experiencing here. I only have the wish to regain my freedom,” said world champion number 44. “I want to say so many things that happened to us here. The way they treated us is absolutely horrible. ‘ You have the impression “that we are prisoners, criminals,” said the 27-year-old. “We are powerless and just suffer.”