However then the time glided by, and there was no signal of the gamers on the court docket on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle within the New York borough of Queens.
Mannarino — who beforehand had been involved with one other participant that had examined constructive for coronavirus — stated he was advised as he was warming up that the New York State Division of Well being had stated that he wouldn’t be allowed to play Friday and that he needs to be quarantined in his resort room and never be capable to go on a tennis court docket.
Finally, Friday’s match was pushed again by a few hours, and Mannarino stated he came upon round 4:30 p.m. that he can be allowed to play. The match began after 5 p.m., with Mannarino occurring to lose to Zverev in 4 units.
Zverev advised ESPN after his win: “I used to be advised there was little or no likelihood that we had been going to play.”
Mannarino advised reporters that he was grateful to those that helped him be capable to play his match on Friday.
“Sadly I misplaced the match, however nonetheless, I am completely happy I used to be on court docket,” Mannarino stated.
A US Open assertion Friday stated, “The Zverev-Mannarino match was delayed whereas a collaborative dialogue with well being officers was carried out right this moment. Communication with the gamers was ongoing in the course of the afternoon to maintain them up to date always. Given the sensitivity of the medical points concerned, the (US Tennis Affiliation) just isn’t in a position to present additional particulars.”
Zverev stated after the match, “I suppose New York state known as and stated that he should not play. It was forwards and backwards, forwards and backwards. It was political. It was not us gamers. We had been simply sitting round.”
In an interview with reporters, Novak Djokovic weighed in on the matter by saying he wasn’t pleased with how the state of affairs was managed and communicated to gamers.
“I am hoping this may be improved. I am hoping that is solely this yr and solely this event, but it surely does not seem to be that,” including that gamers might face related circumstances going ahead.
Participant assessments constructive for Covid-19
US Open officers revealed Sunday that an unnamed participant had examined constructive for coronavirus. US Open spokesman Chris Widmaier had advised CNN in an electronic mail earlier this week that the participant could not be named as a consequence of US well being legal guidelines, however he was recognized as Frenchman Benoit Paire, by French sports activities every day L’Equipe. He has since been broadly recognized in different information shops, by different gamers and on social media.
CNN reached out to a consultant for Paire however didn’t hear again.
Mannarino and others had been involved with Paire, however Mannarino stated he came upon Sunday he was eligible to play in event, one in all tennis’ 4 Grand Slam occasions.
All of the gamers in his state of affairs signed documentation agreeing to the protocols, together with to not keep up a correspondence with different gamers, he stated. Mannarino defeated Lorenzo Sonego of Italy on Monday within the first spherical after which beat American Jack Sock within the second spherical Wednesday.
Mannarino stated he has not thought of getting a lawyer. On Friday, Mannarino stated that different gamers, together with Paire, are nonetheless remoted at a resort. Mannarino stated that he cannot go away New York “earlier than subsequent Friday” due to the state of affairs.
Paire’s title was subsequently faraway from the official draw earlier than the event began and changed by an alternate. Paire took to Instagram on Monday night to say he was “properly for the second” and didn’t have any signs.
“I hesitate to say what is de facto taking place within the faux bubble,” he added.
Requested why Mannarino was cleared to play regardless of the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and New York State Division of Well being stating that these coming into contact with contaminated individuals ought to quarantine, Widmaier advised CNN earlier this week that “enhanced protocols had been in place.”
“Along with the New York Metropolis Division of Well being and Psychological Hygiene, the USTA has constructed an enhanced protocol plan for these gamers who may need been probably uncovered to the contaminated participant,” he stated. “As a part of these enhanced protocols, probably uncovered gamers will now be examined every day, slightly than each 4 days.”