World No. 37 Alize Cornet has come out with big revelations about the backstage drama in tennis as the 2022 Wimbledon Championships saw last year’s runner-up Matteo Berrettini and former semi-finalist Marin Cilic withdraw from the tournament prior to their first-round matches after testing positive for Covid-19. The two players were big contenders and it was a massive blow to the tournament where no bio-bubble and covid restrictions are in place apart from regular testing of the players.
Berrettini and Cilic had isolated themselves after noticing the symptoms and the tests then revealed their condition. Both players tested positive within hours of each other and had the tournament worried about the possible spread of it as they were practising and interacting with their colleagues over the past few days. Cilic had practised with Novak Djokovic while Matteo hit the court alongside Rafael Nadal but neither of those two have yet reported any symptoms of the virus.
“The whole dressing room was sick”: Alize Cornet on the condition in the French Open
While there were doubts raised if the Grand Slam will make arrangements and create a bio-bubble as two cases were reported in less than a day, so far no such announcement has been made. Instead, Cornet has come ahead with some shocking details that have shaken the tennis fans over the management at the Grand Slams giving the example of 2022 French Open.
“Covid has now returned to its morals. There have always been injuries and diseases. At Roland Garros, there was a Covid 19 epidemic and no one talked about it. In the locker room, everyone got it and we didn’t say anything. The whole dressing room was sick but Barbora Krejcikova was one of the few who withdrew. We all had symptoms like throat infection and mild fever, but we played through it.
“We had a tactical agreement between us to not get ourselves tested and get into shit. I saw girls wearing masks because they didn’t want to pass it on, but I wouldn’t like to add more to this. When it comes out in the press, on big players like that, it will start to set fire to the lake and that worries me a little,” revealed Cornet in her press conference at Wimbledon after clinching a 6-3, 7-6(5) win over Yulia Putintseva in the first round.
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