This US Open under bubble and under the sword of Damocles of Covid-19 is taking a funny turn. Adrian Mannarino was scheduled to play his round of 16 against Alexander Zverev at 8:30 p.m. French time on Friday. An hour later, still nothing. The rumor then began to rustle, especially since the Frenchman is among the contact cases of Benoît Paire, tested positive for the coronavirus and banned from the table last weekend.
Finally, the match started well, with a good three hours delay. In a statement, the organization of the tournament spoke of “medical problems“without giving further details.”The Zverev-Mannarino match was delayed, following a dialogue conducted in collaboration with the health authorities on Friday, explains the USTA. Communication continued with the players in the afternoon to keep them updated at all times. Given the sensitivity of the medical issues involved, the USTA is unable to provide further details.“, wrote the instance, thus invoking medical secrecy.
At a time when he should have battled against the French on the Louis-Armstrong court, Alexander Zverev was quietly lying in his outside box, shirtless, watching the match between Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz on the Arthur-Ashe, while waiting for his opponent. Half an hour after the start of their match, with Mannarino leading 3-2 in the first set, the American Federation responded with a statement. But we’re not much further into the ins and outs of this story.