After the rejections of the qualifications, the failure of the big table… Fernando Verdasco, 36 years old and world number 58, announced this Friday, September 25th on the social networks to have been withdrawn from the table of Roland-Garros before the drawing of lots for cause test positive for Covid-19.
"I tested negative in Rome, in Hamburg and three times since the test came back positive in Paris," explains the former top 10 player. I mean my frustration and all my indignation at the decision of the organizers of Roland- Garros!
In August, the Madrid left-hander had already contracted the virus, but remained asymptomatic.
Dzumhur requests redress
Arrived in Paris on Tuesday, Verdasco claims to have informed the organizers of this state of affairs and of the risk of being recognized as a “false positive”, which is becoming the fear of all the competitors.
Faced with the refusal of the French Tennis Federation to have him retake the PCR test, he underwent three in three different laboratories, which all came to the same conclusion: negative.
- Fernando Verdasco (@FerVerdasco) September 25, 2020
“It can happen to anyone, moreover it has already been the case, plague the former semi-finalist of the Australian Open.
In my opinion, the least of things is to do new tests to avoid unfair disqualifications and to give players some security.
If there is the material time to do them, at least we don't refuse our request!
Before qualifying, the Bosnian Damir Dzumhur had been excluded because of the positive control of his coach.
He was then tested negative on his return to the country.
Dzumhur decided to take the tournament to court to seek redress.