The US Open in 2020 has been a topic of good debate, earlier with large-profile gamers this kind of as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal pulling out due to security considerations.
Now, the French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic has ignited a different debate on the situations and the security protocol to be followed by gamers at the Flushing Meadows.
Speaking right after her 2nd round reduction to the press, Kristina Mladenovic stated, “I have only 1 need, and that is to get my freedom back and even that we do not have but.”
Mladenovic is 1 of 7 gamers who came into near get hold of with Benoit Paire prior to he examined good for coronavirus and is beneath elevated restrictions.
Slamming the necessity that the impacted gamers keep in isolation other than for practice or competitors, she stated, “It’s like we are prisoners, or criminals.
“For even the slightest motion, we have to inquire permission even however we are examined each day and had 37 negatives. It is abominable. The situations are atrocious.”
Mladenovic was knocked out in 2nd round of US Open
On Wednesday, in her 2nd round match, the Frenchwoman led 102nd-ranked Varvara Gracheva, six-one, five-one, then held 4 match factors. Extremely, she misplaced one-six, seven-six (two) six- from that place.
Gracheva, a twenty-yr-previous from Russia, is taking part in in her very first Grand Slam principal draw and will encounter Petra Martic on Friday.
The new protocols started prior to the very first round, with Paire withdrawn 1 day prior to the US Open started.
“If I had recognized that taking part in cards for forty minutes with a mask with a player who examined good… would have these consequences, I would in no way have set foot in this tournament,” she stated.
Mladenovic stays in the doubles draw with Timea Babos – the No. one seeds are set to perform their opener on Thursday.
The other gamers beneath stringent suggestions consist of Adrian Mannarino, Gregoire Barrere, Richard Gasquet, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Kirsten Flipkens and Ysaline Bonaventure.