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No set guidelines for canceling US Open in case of COVID-19 outbreak

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A player testing positive for COVID-19 will be dropped from the US Open, but the U.S. Tennis Association has not established how many infected participants would force the Grand Slam tournament to be called off.

According to a 10½-page “Player Q&A Update” sent out this week by the USTA, “There are no guidelines available to determine what number (of positive tests) will compel” the cancellation of the US Open or the tournament that will precede it at Flushing Meadows this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Western & Southern Open, usually held in Cincinnati, is slated for the hard courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from Aug. 20-28, followed by the US Open from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. No spectators will be allowed at either tournament.

As the USTA moves forward, players are announcing withdrawals because of the pandemic. The world no.5 Elina Svitolina and World number 7 Kiki Bertens wrote on social media Friday that they won’t be in New York. They join a growing list of absentees that already included the No. 1-ranked woman Ashleigh Barty and the defending men’s champion, Rafel Nadal and others such as Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios.

Bertens cited concerns about needing to quarantine when returning to Europe for clay-court tournaments in Rome and Paris that are scheduled for after the US Open. Players have asked the USTA to provide a transit letter that would allow them to bypass a quarantine period when going from New York to Europe. USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said Friday his group and its representatives are in touch with the WTA, ATP, the French tennis federation, and government officials in Italy and France about the issue.

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“We are confident that working with this extended group, we will be able to get the assurances the players would like,” Widmaier wrote in an email.

Among the coronavirus-related protocols explained in this week’s USTA update for players:

  1. Players and guests — up to three per entrant in singles — must pass two coronavirus nasal swab tests 48 hours apart after arriving, although they’re allowed to go to the tournament site if the first test comes back negative. “We anticipate results will be returned in 24 hours or less,” the USTA document says.
  2. Antibody tests are encouraged, but not required. Those who test positive for antibodies will take follow-up COVID-19 tests every seven days; those with negative results for antibodies — or who aren’t checked — must take COVID-19 tests every four days for the rest of their time in the “bubble.”
  3. Players need written permission from tournament director Stacey Allaster or the chief medical officer to leave the “bubble” established for both events at Flushing Meadows — otherwise, they’ll be fined and kicked out of the competition. If coaches or guests exit the “bubble,” they’ll lose their 2020 credential and not be allowed to get one next year.
  4. Aside from two official hotels for players and their guests, there will be private housing available for rent. Anyone staying there will undergo the same initial testing procedures and then will need further nasal swabs every four days, the USTA said, “unless the medical team determines otherwise.”
  5. Players staying at rental homes need to have — and pay for — 24-hour security, and the USTA “must be provided with access to the external security egress and ingress information for the duration of the time in the private housing.”
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Bianca Andreescu out of French Open due to injury woes

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Bianca Andreescu, the former US Open champion out of the French open will not be the part of the remainder of the 2020 season.

Bianca Andreescu, the former US Open champion, declared on Tuesday she will not be a part of the forthcoming French Open and will not play for the rest of the season.

Bianca wrote a post on Twitter and said, “It’s very difficult for me to skip the clay-court swing this year and will take off from the rest of the season to focus on my health and training. As hard as it was to come to this conclusion. I have so much to look forward to in 2021, including the Olympics. I want to use this time to focus on my game so I can come back stronger and better than ever.”

“As always, your encouraging words and support meant the world to me and I look forward to getting back on the court and competing for Canada next year,”

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Bianca showed some excellent performance from the last couple of years and now ranked No. 7 in the world. Bianca has played no match since withdrawing from WTA Finals in 2019 due to a left knee injury.

Bianca was not a part of the Australian Open, which held in January because of the same injury. However, because of the global pandemic, all major tennis events and tournaments postponed since march. Bianca withdrew from the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic and because of limited time to prepare for the game.

Bianca coach Sylvain Bruneau told TSN, “Very frustrating, for sure, but she’s in a good place, she’s in a wonderful place right now. She’s working hard, and she knows what she can do. She’s mentally very positive after not being a part of the US Open. She’s a positive girl by nature, and she’s got some good people around her. We’ll try to put things in perspective.”

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Andreescu becomes the champion at the US Open and the Canadian Open in 2019, defeating Serena Williams on both occasions to win both titles. She also becomes the first Canadian player to win the major singles trophy and the first to win the Canadian Open in 50 years.

Bianca named as Female Summer Athlete of the Year 2019 in Canadian sports awards and also won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s female athlete of the year.

The French Open will be going to start on Sunday in Paris. Bianca is the third player on the women’s side to not be a part of the major event, including top players like Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka.

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TENNIS

Nadal was beaten by Schwartzman in Italian Open

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Rafael Nadal was beaten by Schwartzman in Italian open held in Rome.

Defending champion Rafa Nadal knocked out of the Italian Open with a remarkable performance by Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals beating Rafa with 6-2 7-5.

Rafael Nadal had won the Italian Open nine times in his career. He had won all nine matches which he played against the Argentine, but this time he fell short against Diego Schwartzman with multiple errors during the match. Nadal struggled with serve throughout the match.

The Italian Open was Nadal’s first tournament for the last seven months due to a global pandemic. Though Nadal showed some brilliant performance which helped him to go through from the previous two rounds while later he lost the match in the next round against 15th-ranked Schwartzman.

Nadal performed 30 unforced errors while his competitor Schwartzman’s has 17 during the match. This is one of the aspects why Argentine able to outperformed Nadal in the Quarter Finals.

Nadal said “Losing that many serves, you can’t expect to win a match, it is something that I have to fix. I know how to do it.”

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Nadal will now prepare for the French Open for which he will travel to Paris. Nadal will be looking to extend his lead by securing another French Open title in Paris. Nadal has been the most dominant player in the history of the French Open. Nadal has won twelve French Open titles in his career which is most by any player.

Schwartzman now looking forward to facing Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals of the Italian Open after defeating Grigor Dimitrov with 6-2 3-6 6-2.

Novak Djokovic also secured his semi-final spot after defeating Dominik Koepfer with a 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Djokovic had continued his form and won the previous two rounds at the Italian Open. Koepfer lost the first set against Djokovic with 6-3 he came back in the second set and defeated Djokovic with 4-6 but ultimately lost the third set with 6-3 and Djokovic advanced to the Semi-Final.

Djokovic will take on Casper Ruud in the semi-final to seal his spot in the final. Casper Ruud on the other side defeated Matteo Berrettini with 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) in the Quarter Final of the Italian Open.

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Djokovic said “Clay is definitely Casper’s preferred surface. This is where he feels most comfortable. It’s semi-finals and it’s anybody’s game.

“I’ll do some homework and be ready for that one.”

In the women’s draw, Simona Halep progressed to the semi-final as Yulia Putintseva retired due to the injury in the lower back while she was trailing behind with 6-2 2-0.

Simona Halep will now face Garbine Muguruza in the semifinal of the Italian Open.

Halep said “Every time I played well against her, I was as much as possible aggressive.

“If I play my best game, and if I feel great physically on the court, I have a big chance to win the match against her. But every time is different because she’s playing so hard. You don’t really know what to expect. It’s tough.”

Two times Rome Champion Elina Svitolina was surprised by Marketa Vondrousova who defeated her with 6-3 6-0.

Vondrousova will go against Karolina Pliskova in the semi-final, who had defeated the Belgium’s Elise Mertens with 6-3 3-6 6-0 to secure her place in the semis.

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Dominic Thiem beats Alexander Zverev to win US Open

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Dominic Thiem produced a magical comeback to Win US Open Final. Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev for the title in a fifth-set.

A US Open has always been a thrilling competition to watch out for. Us Open 2020 final was also about the thrill, passion, and a story of a comeback. The unique fifth-set tiebreaker came to rescue as Dominic Thiem became the first tennis player in 71 years to win the final after downing the opening two sets of the game.

Us Open final played on Arthur Ashe Stadium with no fans to be allowed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Dominic Thiem shows the gut to turn things around against his competitor Alexander Zverev and pulled out a stunning comeback with 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6), and secured his first Grand Slam title of his career.

The match ended with a winner while both men have given a tough fight to each other at last it was Thiem who pulled out a win against Zverev in the Us Open final.

“Thiem said, “the belief today was stronger than the body, and I’m super happy about that.”

The end was as dramatic as ever When a strong backhand from Zverev docked wide on the championship point, Thiem fell to his back following the baseline and disguised his face with his hands. After that Zverev walked round the net to grasp hands with Thiem.

Thiem then held his head on the shoulder of his friend Zverev, who himself was the strong contender for the trophy.

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Thiem added “I wish we could have two winners today, I think we both deserved it.”

Thiem became the first tennis player to win the US Open after dropping 1st 2 sets of the final since Pancho Gonzales who did a stunning comeback against Ted Schroeder in 1949 at a competition which is previously known as the US Championships.

The event has never seen any fifth-set tiebreaker to settled the game. earlier it was seen in Wimbledon 2019 when Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer for a win.

Thiem is also the first tennis player other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer to win the grand slam tournament since Stan Wawrinka who won the major title at the US Open in 2016.

Zverev said “I was a few games away, a few points away, I’m 23 years old. I don’t think it’s my last chance.”

Zverev further added “The match turned when he broke me for the first time in the third set,” “He started playing much better, and I started playing much worse.”

Thiem lost three grand slam finals before, and all three were against the Fab 3 tennis player of all time. In US Open 2020 he came out as a favourite to win the title and at last he has done that in a dramatic fashion against Zverev who went from 2-0 in the first two set to lose the championship with a fifth-set tiebreaker.

After winning the first set in a comfortable manner, Zverev continued his form in the second set and held on to take a 2-0 lead on his fifth set point.

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The moment was started shifting on Thiem’s side when Zverev’s unable to cope up with the pressure of the final and his play became more elusive in the third set.

After Thiem took back to back set, Zverev got another golden chance when he had to serve for the championship at 5-3 in the fifth set.

But Zverev could not hold it for a long time and Thiem came back from behind and put himself ahead with 6-5. Thiem looks tired and demanded a medical timeout as it was his opportunity to serve for the championship.

But this time it was Thiem who failed to secure the match and then the Tiebreaker came to rescue.

Two double faults from Zverev set the stage for the Thiem to win the first grand slam tournament of his career however Thiem unable to hold on and wasted two championship points for the title.

At last, it was Thiem who happened to lead with 7-6, Thiem serves responded by Zverev which was out of the sideline and Thiem got his hand on the US Open title.

Zverev said after Thiem won the title “Obviously I want to congratulate Dominic on the first of many Grand Slam titles, It was a tough battle. I wish you would have missed a little bit more so I could have a hold that trophy up,”

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