Covid-19 virus has breached the French Open defence. Two doubles players have been reported positive for the novel coronavirus infection. The Roland Garros authorities have withheld the identity of the sick players.
The players have been dropped from the tournament and placed in quarantine.
The two members of a men’s doubles team were the only players to test positive out of 2,446 Covid-19 tests carried out on players and other staff ever since the qualifiers had started on May 24.
The French Tennis Federation has allowed the first team on the alternate list for men’s doubles to replace the infected players in the main draw.
“This is the first occurrence in which the tournament organisers must remove players, in accordance with their health protocol,” the tournament organizers have reportedly said.
“As a reminder, the health of all tournament players and that of their teams is continuously monitored through very regular testing, and they live and train in socially-distanced ‘bubbles’.”
The second Grand Slam of the year is being played in a bio-bubble at the Roland Garros courts in Paris. But the players get a one-hour window every day to move out of the bubble.