Guido Pella fuming after negative Covid-19 test results, demands ‘explanations’ from authorities
Guido Pella has lashed out at authorities over the decision to withdraw him from the Western & Southern Open due to coronavirus contact tracing, saying he has tested negative for Covid-19 five times.
Pella was set to be in the main draw for this week’s Cincinnati Masters as he is ranked No 35 in the world, but he and Hugo Dellien from Bolivia were removed from the tournament after their fitness trainer Juan Manuel Galvan tested positive for the coronavirus.
The decision to remove them came despite both Pella and Dellien testing negative for Covid-19 and it led to criticism from world No 1 and ATP Council President Novak Djokovic.
The pair were also told to self-isolate for 14 days, which puts their participation in the US Open in doubt.
Pella has released a follow-up, revealing he has tested negative five times while Galvan “apparently never had the virus”.
“We had no information from the tournament or the ATP. I gave my fifth negative result of Covid-19, as did Hugo and Jose (Acasuso, their coach) and nobody tells us anything,” he said on Instagram.
“And yesterday afternoon they tested it again on my physical trainer and he was negative. Imagine the feeling I have.
“I don’t know what will happen at the time, who will take charge and what solution they will give us from the tournament. Juan is negative and apparently never had the virus.”
He added: “I do not know what will happen.
“But here there was a very serious error on the part of someone. I hope they can give me pertinent explanations, because what I went through this week was very difficult.”
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