‘US Open didn’t do the best job of informing us’ of positive Covid-19 test, says Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev interview

Alexander Zverev was left unimpressed with the way US Open organisers dealt with Benoit Paire’s positive coronavirus test, saying players found out about it “through the media”.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced on Sunday that an unnamed player returned a positive Covid-19 result and had been withdrawn from the tournament.

USTA didn’t name the player, but French media revealed that it was Paire and it later emerged that seven players who were in contact with him had been placed in isolation.

Kristina Mladenovic admitted after her first-round win that she was one of the players, but Zverev admits the situation was not handled well.

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“The US Open didn’t do the best job of informing us,” the German told Eurosport.de.

“We learned the whole situation with Benoit Paire through the media, like everyone else. I think that in such a situation we players should be informed first.

“We have seen Benoit the whole time. As players, we also have to know who was with who. I saw Paire once in the elevator.

“But other players were with him and they weren’t so happy that they found out about it on Twitter.”