‘It’s super safe’ in US Open bubble despite positive coronavirus test, says Dominic Thiem

Benoit Paire serving

Dominic Thiem insists the US Open is the safest place in the world despite the tournament being rocked by a positive coronavirus test on the eve of play.

Benoit Paire was withdrawn from the tournament after he tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday and must now isolate for 10 days.

Paire, who was seeded 17th in the men’s singles draw, has been in New York for the best part of two weeks and had two negative tests when he first arrived, meaning he has contracted the virus while in the bio-secure bubble.

World No 3 Thiem feels “super safe” on site at Flushing Meadows.

“I think there is no safer place in the world right now than here,” he said. “Maybe you can lock yourself somewhere in a cave or something, I don’t know, in the middle of the sea. Otherwise it’s super safe here. We are in a bubble.

“But still something can happen, as you could see with Benoit. We hope that nobody else is infected. In general, it’s very, very safe and very strict.”

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