The USTA, responsible for the organization of the US Open of tennis that will start this Monday on the courts of Flushing Meadows (New York), confirmed through an official statement that there has been a positive case of Covid-19 of a player.
According to the official statement offered by the USTA, the player who tested positive and who is asymptomatic has already been withdrawn from the tournament and will be subjected to 10 days of quarantine.
The USTA, along with his medical advisers and the Mount Sinai Health System infectious disease specialist, confirmed a positive result on a player’s test.
In accordance with the requirements of the New York State Department of Health, and in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Tournament health and safety protocols, the player has been advised to isolate himself for at least 10 days.
Additionally, contact tracing has started to determine if someone should be quarantined for 14 days.
The information comes when everything is ready for the tournament to start with Serbian Novak Djokovic, brand new champion of the Cincinnati tournament that was played this week on the same courts, and undefeated this season (23-0) as the favorite for the title in the men’s competition.
While in the women’s competition, the big favorite will once again be the American Serena Williams, who will seek her seventh title at the Open and the 24th Grand Slam of her career, which can allow her to tie with the legendary Margaret Court.
The great novelty of the tournament, apart from being played, without an audience, and under the bubble system, is the absence of the Spanish Rafael Nadal, the defending champion, who did not want to compete due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nor will the legendary Swiss Roger Federer, a five-time Open winner, recovering from knee surgery.