It’s been more than a week since the French Open started and to everyone’s delight, after multiple tests, none of the players tested positive for COVID-19. But on Wednesday, the Organizers revealed that two doubles players have tested positive for COVID-19 and hence have been removed from the draw. It is to be noted that the two players are of the same team.
“The Roland Garros tournament organisers confirm that two players from the men’s doubles draw, on the same team, have tested positive for COVID-19,” a statement said late Wednesday.
“In line with the tournament’s public health and safety protocol, the pair have been removed from the draw and the two players placed in quarantine. They will be replaced by the first team on the alternate list.”
The organizers also revealed that since the start of qualifying for the Grand Slam on 24 May, there had been 2,446 tests performed on players and their teams. “This is the first occurence in which the tournament organizers must remove players, in accordance with their health protocol.”
Who are the two players that have tested positive for COVID-19?
The Organizers haven’t named the two players for obvious reasons. But looking at the draw, two pairings are replaced in the main draw and speculations are that one of those two pairs have tested positive for COVID-19. Spanish duo Feliciano Lopez and Jaume Munar were replaced in the draw and order of play by alternates.
Also, top seeds and favorites, Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic were also replaced in the main draw by the Spanish duo of Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez. Their first round match will either be played on Thursday or Friday depending on the Singles scheduling.
As for the French Open, they are already following strict COVID protocols with limited fans and a 9 p.m. curfew.