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“Can’t Believe This is a Tournament”: Players Dissatisfied With French Open 2020 After COVID-19 Positive

“Can’t Believe This is a Tournament”: Players Dissatisfied With French Open 2020 After COVID-19 Positive

The Roland Garros will commence from tomorrow but the main draw will begin a week later, on September 27. The French Open, however, has suffered an early jolt as a handful of COVID-19 positive cases have been encountered within the Grand Slam area. Allegations surfaced recently regarding the mismanagement in the French Open 2020.

Damir Dzumhur was extracted out of the French Open 2020 after his coach tested positive for COVID-19. The player took to Instagram to reveal the news.

According to sources, a lot of issues have come up regarding the French Open. All of them single-handedly point towards the fault of the organizing committee. Organizing a Grand Slam in the time of a pandemic requires the following of strict regulations and protocols. However, it has been alleged that these protocols are not being followed in certain cases.

French Open 2020

Players and non-playing staff have already expressed their concerns regarding their safety. The incident has also exposed a lack of proper management. Unprofessional behavior too has been highlighted.

“Players not pleased with conditions so far at Roland Garros. Quoting an unnamed, but a high-profile player: “We can’t believe this is a tournament, let alone a Grand Slam. Communication is slow, a lot of waiting. The maids at hotels are not wearing masks, tables are not cleaned regularly”, the tweet read.

French Open 2020 should have followed US Open 2020 protocols

The US Open 2020 makes for an excellent example of conducting a Grand Slam in dire times. From strict rules and regulations to restricted movement, US Open 2020 was a huge success.

With the suspension of the Wimbledon Championship, the US Open and the French Open were the only Slams left. After the success of the Flushing Meadows, the tennis world has been looking at Roland Garros for the next stint.

ALexander Zverev in the US Open 2020
Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Alexander Zverev of Germany walks onto the court. 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center |REUTERS

The growing concern among participating members is raising a cloud of uncertainty over the French Open 2020. A number of players had pulled out of the US Open 2020. Most noticeably, Rafael Nadal abstained from participating there. Let’s hope the COVID-19 scare doesn’t result in an out-and-out debacle.

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