Western & Southern Open: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray were annoyed about the exclusion of Guido Pella and Hugo Dellien SPORTS UPDATES
Neither Argentine Pella nor Bolivian Dellien have tested positive for coronavirus since their fitness trainer Juan Manuel Galvan tested positive on Monday. But the couple have been quarantined.
New York: World number 1 Novak Djokovic is among the ATP players criticizing a decision to expel Guido Pella and Hugo Dellien from the relocated Cincinnati Masters after their fitness trainer tested positive for COVID-19. ESPN reported Friday.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray from Great Britain also said that the players were not given clear enough guidelines for such situations.
Neither Argentine Pella nor Bolivian Dellien have tested positive for coronavirus since their fitness trainer Juan Manuel Galvan tested positive on Monday.
But officials at the tournament, which is being held in New York’s Flushing Meadows as a warm-up exercise for the US Open there, consulted medical staff at the US Open and the New York Department of Health and quarantined the couple.
“During a Zoom call a few weeks ago we received the information from the chief doctor of the USTA that a player does not share a room with his coach, his physiotherapist or someone from his infected team and his (own) team. Results are negative, he still can participate in the tournament, ” ESPN quoted Djokovic in a video press conference with reporters covering the event.
The Serbian star said the appeal, which was attended by dozens of ATP players, was intended to educate them about the health and safety protocols and procedures that would apply during the period of two events.
He said the players asked several times after the log if the team members tested positive, “and we were told that.
“That’s why a lot of players, including myself, were – are – upset when I see Pell and Dellien being treated this way.”
Djokovic noted that the advice given contradicted what was written in a waiver that players competing in New York were required to sign – which said that if the test was positive, the New York State health authorities would initiate contact tracing would.
USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said ESPN that the exclusion of Pella and Dellien was consistent with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which “define close contact as being 15 minutes or more within six feet of another person”.
He said the contact tracing confirmed that the players had “multiple cases” of close contact without protective face masks.
“Put simply, the people who are in close contact with the infected person must be quarantined for 14 days. This is not a discretionary decision,” said Widmaier.
Murray said in his press conference that these rules were not made clear to players.
“Some of the players said, ‘Well I wouldn’t have come with a trainer or a physiotherapist if I had known this was the case,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s not the right decision, but the one Players didn’t understand what the rules actually were. “
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