Djokovic “upset” by the exclusion of two tennis players in Cincinnati, after being quarantined as a precaution

Djokovic “upset” by the exclusion of two tennis players in Cincinnati, after being quarantined as a precaution

Both Guido Pella and Hugo Dellien were removed after the positive of their physical trainer, despite having tested negative


Novak Djokovic assured that many tennis players are upset by the exclusion from the Cincinnati Masters of Argentine Guido Pella and Bolivian Hugo Dellien, who were quarantined after their physical trainer tested positive for coronavirus. “We have to accept it, I guess. It's tough especially on these two guys,” Djokovic said in a press video conference prior to the start of the Cincinnati Masters, which this year is held in New York as a prelude to the US Open (August 31 – September 13th).

“It is not easy to see them outside of the Cincinnati tournament and most likely outside the Open as well, being quarantined despite having several negative tests in recent days,” said the world number one. This week, Pella (number 35 of ATP) and Dellien (94) were issued a 14-day quarantine as a precautionary measure due to the contact maintained with their physical trainer, Juan Manuel Galván, who tested positive for coronavirus.

Although none of the tennis players showed symptoms and both tested negative, those responsible for the Masters 1000 decided to exclude them after consulting with officials from the Open and the New York Department of Health.

The USTA explanation

In Friday's conference, Djokovic explained that a few weeks ago he participated with a group of tennis players in a videoconference with a medical chief of the American Tennis Federation (USTA), the organizer of the Open, who told them that if a player does not share Room with the member of your team who tests positive for coronavirus will be able to continue participating in the tournament. “We asked that question several times on the call and that's what was communicated to us,” Djokovic said. “This is why many players were and continue to be upset, myself included, when I see Dellien and Pella being treated this way.”

“It's tough, I can't point to anyone. These kinds of circumstances are very complicated. Things change very quickly and there is always a realistic possibility that this will happen at the Open as well,” said the Serbian. “We don't even know, it wasn't determined, how many players have to be infected for the tournament to be canceled.”

The Cincinnati Masters, which kicks off Saturday with the opening rounds, will run behind closed doors at Flushing Meadows until the finals on August 28.

Prevention measures in New York have not been able to prevent many figures from giving up traveling due to the risks of the pandemic, including Rafael Nadal , world number two, and the first two in the WTA ranking, the Australian Ashleigh Barty and the Romanian Simona Halep .

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