The first glitch of the US Open bubble occurred Sunday morning when the USTA announced an unnamed player tested positive for COVID-19 and will be disqualified. The Post confirmed a L’Equipe report the player is Frenchman Benoit Paire.
Under CDC and New York State guidelines, Paire must self-isolate for 10 days, meaning he’s done for the Open. The greater concern is whether he spread the virus and contract tracing is being conducted, the USTA stated.
The No. 17-seeded Paire was set to face Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak. The USTA removed Paire’s name from the draw on its website and replaced him with Marcel Granollers. Under HIPPA laws, the USTA was not allowed to confirm the name of the player, only reporting he was asymptomatic.
The Open is set to begin Monday. To reduce virus risks, the Western & Southern Open was moved from Cincinnati to Flushing and completed Saturday to create a tighter bubble. Players are only allowed to be at the player hotel on Long Island or on the grounds, where they must wear masks.
Paire was entered in the Open tuneup but did not complete his first-round match, retiring in the second set at 6-0, 1-0, appearing unwell on the court.
The French newspaper reported Frenchmen Richard Gasquet, Adrian Mannarino, Gregoire Barrere and Edouard Vasselin were also told to self-isolate. Players are tested every few days.