US Open spokesman Chris Widmaier instructed CNN earlier this week the participant could not be named resulting from well being legal guidelines however he was recognized as Frenchman Benoit Paire by revered French sports activities day by day L’Equipe.
He has since been recognized by different gamers and on social media and Paire was formally changed within the draw earlier than the match began. An electronic mail despatched to his agent Monday wasn’t returned.
A bubble was put in place on the Grand Slam because of the coronavirus pandemic, with gamers being shuttled between the match grounds and two match motels in Lengthy Island. All however a couple of are staying at these motels, with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams choosing non-public lodging.
“Public well being officers of Nassau County, N.Y., have issued quarantine notices for all people who had extended shut contact to an individual who beforehand examined optimistic for the COVID-19 coronavirus,” a US Open assertion despatched by electronic mail to CNN mentioned Saturday. “Because the gamers are staying in Nassau County, the quarantine notices forestall any of those people from commuting to the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle in New York Metropolis.
“The USTA is obligated to stick to authorities steerage on the State, Metropolis and County stage. All individuals who had been recognized as having extended shut contact with the contaminated participant will quarantine of their rooms for the rest of their quarantine interval.
“Kristina Mladenovic is one in all these people, and because the Ladies’s Doubles competitors has begun, the ladies’s doubles crew of Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos has been withdrawn from the US Open.”
Delay on Friday
The withdrawal of Mladenovic got here after compatriot Adrian Mannarino was ultimately allowed to play his singles match Friday. He mentioned he had additionally been positioned within the enhanced protocol plan.
Requested why Mannarino was allowed to play however Mladenovic wasn’t, Widmaier mentioned in an electronic mail to CNN it was as a result of the “quarantine notices had been served yesterday night.”
Mladenovic and Babos had been resulting from face Alison Riske and Gabriela Dabrowski within the first spherical. They made the doubles closing on the US Open in 2018.