Five unnamed players withdraw from qualifiers after positive coronavirus tests

Tanya Simon
September 23, 2020

Between Thursday and Sunday, around 900 Covid-19 tests had been carried out.

The French Open normally starts in May but was postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The names of the players have not been revealed.

Osaka, who is ranked No 3, hurt the hamstring last month at the Western & Southern Open, also in NY, and withdrew from that tournament's final because of it, then wore heavy tape during the US Open.

Having optimistically toyed with allowing 20,000 fans to squeeze into the compact Roland Garros site, that figure was downsized to 11,500 only to be slashed again to 5,000 as Covid-19 infections rose.

Andreescu, who became Canada's first-ever Grand Slam champion when she won the 2019 US Open, withdrew from the 2020 installment, citing an interrupted recovery from a knee injury due to the global pandemic.

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"He didn't get a chance to do a second test and we're sure he was false positive because my coach has antibodies".

With world number one Ashleigh Barty electing not to defend her French title because of the virus, Halep will be the highest ranked player in the tournament and a favourite to win her second French Open title. "Damir was just outside the final draw, two or three places outside". Bouchard was given a wild card after making the final in Istanbul last week.

However, the Spaniard knows that when he lost at the same stage in the Italian capital in 2017, he quickly swept to a 10th French Open without dropping a set. So I don't take negatives from that, of course it's bad for her, I feel sorry because an injury is an injury and it's never easy. She told reporters on Monday that she believes her body is fresher than it normally is going into a Grand Slam-that's another big plus for her confidence.

Pliskova said he hoped to be ready for Roland Garros, a tournament in which she reached the semi-finals in 2017.

"We are in a bubble so I'm going to enjoy with my trophy in the room", she said.

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