However then the time glided by, and there was no signal of the gamers on the courtroom on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart within the New York borough of Queens.
Mannarino — who beforehand had been in touch with one other participant that had examined optimistic for coronavirus — mentioned he was instructed as he was warming up that the New York State Division of Well being had mentioned that he wouldn’t be allowed to play Friday and that he ought to be quarantined in his lodge room and never be capable of go on a tennis courtroom.
In the end, Friday’s match was pushed again by a few hours, and Mannarino mentioned he came upon round 4:30 p.m. that he could be allowed to play. The match began after 5 p.m., with Mannarino occurring to lose to Zverev in 4 units.
Zverev instructed ESPN after his win: “I used to be instructed there was little or no likelihood that we had been going to play.”
It is unclear why Mannarino initially wasn’t allowed to take the courtroom regardless of having already performed earlier this week. CNN has reached out to the New York State Division of Well being and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s workplace for remark.
Mannarino instructed reporters that he was grateful to those that helped him be capable of play his match on Friday.
“Sadly I misplaced the match, however nonetheless, I am completely happy I used to be on courtroom,” Mannarino mentioned.
A US Open assertion Friday mentioned, “The Zverev-Mannarino match was delayed whereas a collaborative dialogue with well being officers was carried out in the present day. Communication with the gamers was ongoing throughout the afternoon to maintain them up to date always. Given the sensitivity of the medical points concerned, the (US Tennis Affiliation) will not be capable of present additional particulars.”
Zverev mentioned after the match, “I suppose New York state referred to as and mentioned that he should not play. It was backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards. 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 proud of how the scenario was managed and communicated to gamers.
“I am hoping this may be improved. I am hoping that is solely this 12 months and solely this match, however it does not appear to be that,” including that gamers could face related circumstances going ahead.
Participant assessments optimistic for Covid-19
US Open officers revealed Sunday that an unnamed participant had examined optimistic for coronavirus. US Open spokesman Chris Widmaier had instructed CNN in an e-mail earlier this week that the participant could not be named attributable to US well being legal guidelines, however he was recognized as Frenchman Benoit Paire, by French sports activities each day L’Equipe. He has since been extensively 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 in touch with Paire, however Mannarino mentioned he came upon Sunday he was eligible to play in match, one among tennis’ 4 Grand Slam occasions.
All of the gamers in his scenario signed documentation agreeing to the protocols, together with to not keep up a correspondence with different gamers, he mentioned. Mannarino defeated Lorenzo Sonego of Italy on Monday within the first spherical after which beat American Jack Sock within the second spherical Wednesday.
Mannarino mentioned he has not thought of getting a lawyer. On Friday, Mannarino mentioned that different gamers, together with Paire, are nonetheless remoted at a lodge. Mannarino mentioned that he cannot go away New York “earlier than subsequent Friday” due to the scenario.
Paire’s identify was subsequently faraway from the official draw earlier than the match began and changed by an alternate. Paire took to Instagram on Monday night to say he was “nicely for the second” and didn’t have any signs.
“I hesitate to say what is admittedly 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 folks ought to quarantine, Widmaier instructed 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 might need been probably uncovered to the contaminated participant,” he mentioned. “As a part of these enhanced protocols, probably uncovered gamers will now be examined each day, somewhat than each 4 days.”