“Rules Can’t Change Week to Week”: Tennis Star Slams Officials for Contrasting Coronavirus Rules

Published 09/25/2020, 6:10 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – September 23, 2020 France’s Benoit Paire walks off after conceding his first round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer


American tennis player, Noah Rubin has slammed the tennis authorities for the confusion around rules regarding quarantine. Earlier this week, another major controversy hit the COVID-19 era tennis world. Benoit Paire revealed he was allowed to play the ATP Hamburg Open despite testing positive for the coronavirus.

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Rubin took a sarcastic dig at the tennis authorities on Twitter. He suggested that they still did not know how to deal with the situation.

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Rubin followed this up with another tweet that said, “They aren’t doing the best they can. Rules can’t change week to week. Player testing positive twice allowed to play that week and week after?”

The reason Noah Rubin slammed the tennis officials

At the Hamburg Open, Benoit Paire retired midway through his first-round match against Casper Ruud. He then made a big revelation where he admitted that the organizers allowed him to play despite returning two positive tests for coronavirus. “The rule is different here in Germany and I say thank you to the doctor and to the tournament, they let me play,” Paire said after his match.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – September 23, 2020 France’s Benoit Paire in action during his first round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

On the other hand, at the French Open 2020, Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur was removed from the draw after his coach tested positive. Paire seems to have alluded to this in his statement when he said, “The only test negative is yesterday but 2 in a row I was positive. The rule here is different so the ATP has to explain to me what the rule is. In Paris some are negative. But because the coach is positive they can’t play. Here in Germany you are positive and can play.”

Controversy at French Open 2020

The French Open also saw five players withdraw from the event. Two of those players and a coach tested positive. The rules suggest that even contact with an infected person results in withdrawal, irrespective of test results.

Dzumhur said he was asked to leave and he and his team were not allowed a second test to validate the results, even when there were concerns of a false positive.
Meanwhile, for Paire, it was his second positive test. He also tested positive before the US Open 2020, which led to his withdrawal there.

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When the French Open and US Open rules are compared to how the situation was handled in Germany, it brings the consistency of the guidelines under the scanner.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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