“We have the impression of playing a coin toss”: The “fear” of Covid-19 tests invades the circuit

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All the players present at Roland-Garros, whose first round starts on Sunday, have “fear of tests“detection of Covid-19, French Enzo Couacaud acknowledged Wednesday during qualifying.

It’s true that it’s scary, we have the impression of being dependent, of playing a coin toss“, declared the 194th world champion, recalling the example of the Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, excluded from the qualifications because of the positive test undergone by his trainer Petar Popovic.”Petar tested positive here and tested negative the next day at lui, “reported the Frenchman.

I feel like nobody really knows how accurate the tests are and how accurate the truth of the tests is: we hear false positives, true positives, false negatives … heard tests that were a little too ‘borderline’ to be considered negative so they had to be redone … What does that mean? “, wondered the Aixois, 194th in the world, after his success in the second round over the Argentinian Juan Pablo Ficovich (6-3, 6-3).

Go find out which one is true

Passing from one country to another since the resumption of the ATP circuit in mid-August, players have discovered various protocols and legislation to fight the pandemic, which is fueling their confusion. “I was tested in a French hospital where (the PCR test) was super deep in both nostrils, I saw in the United States that the rod was given to the player who makes the tip of the nose and who returns (the cotton swab), in some places we only make one nostril, in other places we make saliva, in others blood …“, says the player.

Go find out which one is true, which is not true, which one is reliable … So when you come in and you get a new test every time, you say to yourself: ‘is this my day , is it my turn? ‘ It’s terrible, yes“, Couacaud concluded.

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