For now, it will be without him. Interviewed by RMC on Saturday, French tennis player Benoît Paire said he did not want “today” to go to New York to compete in the US Open (August 31-September 13), the first Grand Slam tournament scheduled since l ‘circuit stop in March. The reason? The Covid-19 pandemic which is still hitting the United States very strongly.
“A month ago I would have said It’s better, bars reopen, restaurants reopen, but this is a bit of a disaster. Now there are risks in going there, estimates the 31st in the world, beaten on Saturday during an exhibition match by Elliot Benchetrit in the Mouratoglou academy in Sophia-Antipolis (Alpes-Maritimes). Even if we go there, there are risks because there are many cases on the spot. “
“To go there is to take the risk of being contaminated,” he continues. Even if I am the first, I want to play tennis, to travel, because it is our daily life. If it is to go there with risks and observe a quarantine on the return, it seems complicated because if we play the US Open, we have to sacrifice Madrid and Rome (Editor’s note: planned for September). You have to find flights to get there, and to get in too. Even if there is the financial constraint with the interruption of the season and the need to play, at one point I prefer not to play and stay alive and in good health. “
The United States, which recorded its first death linked to the coronavirus in early February, is the country most affected in terms of number of deaths and cases, with 129,437 deaths for 2,795,163 cases. At least 790,404 people were declared cured.
On Saturday, American player Frances Tiafoe withdrew from another exhibition tournament in Atlanta after testing positive for Covid-19. In June, several players, including world number 1 Novak Djokovic, were also infected with coronavirus on the sidelines of friendly matches in Serbia and Croatia.