No. 29 seed Guido Pella got ousted from his opening round match at the US Open 2020. Pella lost to Jeffrey John Wolf in four sets, after having an emotionally demanding last two weeks.
Pella was disqualified from the Western and Southern Open 2020 after his trainer tested positive for Coronavirus. The Argentine was furious after being barred from Cincinnati, and the decision based contrary to the protocols.
During the post-match conference, Pella was seething as he was forced to quarantine for two weeks. They questioned the harsh conditions he was subjected to over the last two weeks.
Pella acknowledged that his partner, Hugo Dellien, and he were in close contact with the trainer. But added, “The worst part was in the protocol, it was very specific that if we don’t share the room with a person who gets tested positive, there is no problem.
“You can practice no matter what.” World No. 36 Pella said that despite getting nine different tests and a negative result each time, he was forced to quarantine himself for two weeks.
The Argentine was visibly upset and talked about media reports of Dellien and Pella getting confirmation for practice. Pella remarked, “We didn’t have anything. It was a very tough few weeks for us because we didn’t have anything from them, we didn’t have any answers.
“Yeah, we were practicing but in horrible condition. With security guards 24 hours without leaving the room,” Guido explained the poor conditions of the court in contrast to the US Open courts and not receiving any help from the ATP.
The 2019 Wimbledon quarterfinalist compared his case with the handling of Benoit Paire’s positive COVID-19 case. Despite 11 players believed to be in close contact with Paire, they were allowed to play at the US Open.
Pella continued his tirade at the press conference and lashed out at officials for holding double standards, “They were like: OK, you will have a bubble inside of a bubble and you will be allowed to practice and play the US Open”.
Guido added that he will have to deal with the situation now, but he hopes to find answers to all that has transpired in the coming few months.