The US Open 2020 was left in dire straits on Friday after the match between Adrian Mannarino and Alexander Zverev was delayed by almost three hours. It was said that Mannarino was unhappy with US Open officials and trying to reach an agreement over an issue. The officials were all trying to find a solution. World number one and current ATP Players’ Council President Novak Djokovic was also one of them.
Meanwhile, Djokovic also slammed the bubble protocols at the event. He hopes that everyone involved can learn from all the confusion.
“You have the second hotel here where you have weddings happening and half of the hotel or more is open, how is that a bubble? It’s very complicated issue we’re discussing here. I hope we’ll all learn from this and be stronger, for players specifically,” the Serbian said.
Meanwhile, Mannarino revealed what actually happened and caused his delay. Mannarino said that the State department of health took over the city and the decision was now in their hands.
He was allowed to play by rules of the city, but the State Department did not allow it. This is because he was one of the players who came in contact with Benoit Paire and was supposed to be strictly quarantined.
Mannarino finally got to play, but not before a lot of drama.
“I was communicating with his coach for a few hours and trying to help, speaking to the ATP,” Djokovic said of the issue. “I was also trying to get to the people that are in the highest positions in New York state. Trying to get to the governor of New York. Because I understood he was the only one who could revert the decision,” he added.