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US Open: Adrian Mannarino "happy" to play following new coronavirus restrictions

US Open: Adrian Mannarino

World No. 7 Alexander Zverev said a political reason caused his match against French Adrian Mannarino to be delayed for three hours.

Zverev will next face Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who defeated Britain's Cameron Norrie 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Mannarino - who previously had been in contact with another player that had tested positive for coronavirus - said he was told as he was warming up that the New York State Department of Health had said that he would not be allowed to play Friday and that he should be quarantined in his hotel room and not be able to go on a tennis court. "I just want to be thankful to all these people who have been trying to get me on court today", stated the Frenchman. So I waited, I had to give him the opportunity (to play) and if I had been in your situation I would not have wanted not to play the game. "[They] took over to say I've been exposed to a positive case, obviously, so I should be quarantined in my room and not be able to go to the tennis court and play the match today".

"They told me they were trying to contact on phone some guys to see if this decision could be changed". Around 4:30 pm, I heard that I [was] allowed to go on court.

Zverev, who has fired 74 aces throughout the tournament, has showcased impressive form across his opening four matches in NY.

Five French players-Grégoire Barrere, Édouard Roger-Vasselin, Kristina Mladenovic, Adrian Mannarino and Richard Gasquet-as well as Belgians Kirsten Flipkens and Ysaline Bonaventure can not leave NY until September 12th, according to the L'Equipe report.

Players who test positive for the virus are immediately withdrawn from the tournament. It may well also prevent three of the seven from playing Rome qualifying, which starts September 12th. "I hesitate to tell what is really going on in this Fake Bubble", Paire wrote on Instagram on Monday.

World number one Novak Djokovic, who last week launched a breakaway players' body, said the communication process was not ideal but appreciated that health decisions were not always up to the organisers in NY.

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After being told all afternoon that there was very little chance that he would be allowed to play, Mannarino was given the green signal and the match was suddenly pushed back to 5 pm. "It's just that there were others who I knew sitting with him". I'm a tennis player.

"That was big news for me. He explained me the situation", said Mannarino following the match. In a certain sense it was a weird situation for me.

"It's like we are prisoners or criminals", she said Thursday.

"And now all of a sudden we have to quarantine in the room?" "At the end of the day, we are professionals and we have to deal with it", he added.

While Mladenovic expressed anger, Mannarino said he appreciated the efforts made on his behalf. "But still, as I said, I'm happy I was on court".

Players and their immediate circle (coaches, physio, guests) are in Tier I. Media, tournament staff, officials and ballpersons comprise Tier II.

"Best-of five on this court, obviously no crowd, different atmosphere and conditions but still you get to play the best players in the world at a slam". Mannarino said that he can't leave NY "before next Friday" because of the situation. Asked if he considered consulting a lawyer, Mannarino said he doesn't consider it a legal matter. I was just kind of waiting around; I was very relaxed.



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