Alert: Benoit Paire, low when testing positive for COVID-19

Officially confirmed: Benoit Paire, 17th seed, will not play the US Open having scored positive. The French, isolated. Marcel Granollers enters as a substitute.


According to the Parisian newspaper L'Equipe and later officially confirmed the oragización of the tournament, the Frenchman Benoit Paire, seed number 17, will not play the US Open after having tested positive for COVID-19 in one of the corresponding tests prior to the American Grand Slam. The USTA issued a statement at 4:35 pm this Sunday (Spanish time) confirming that "a player (did not say his name but no longer appears in the men's singles table) tested positive for COVID-19 at the US Open and was withdrawn from the tournament. " "The player is asymptomatic," he adds. The US Federation clarifies that "the player has been informed that he must isolate himself for at least 10 days." "In addition, contact tracing has begun to determine if someone should be quarantined for 14 days," the brief concludes.

The 31-year-old tennis player retired on Saturday the 22nd in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters 1,000 when he lost 6-0 and 1-0 against Croatian Borna Coric. His null performance in that meeting would be justified if it is confirmed that he suffers from the disease that has the world in suspense since last March. His French companions, Richard Gasquet, Adrian Mannarino, Grégoire Barrere and Édouard Roger Vasselin were isolated, like the victim himself, in the hotel of the US Open.

The loss of Paire leaves the American tournament without another of his favorites in terms of ranking, in a long list that includes Nadal, Federer, Monfils, Fognini, Wawrinka, Nishikori, Kyrgios, Del Potro and Verdasco, among others, for different reasons. Paire was going to face the Polish Kamil Majchrzak this Monday in the first round. Who will do it in his place is Marcel Granollers, who enters as an 'alternative' as he is the doubles player with the best ranking (149th) of the tournament without a place in the main singles draw (only tennis players enter the tournament in pairs as there is no phase previous) .

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