In Paris, players are simply encouraged to take personal responsibility and adhere to social distancing rules but there are no strict rules on where they can venture out or eat.
“You can’t put a bubble around a tennis player,” Montalvan said in the L’Equipe interview.
This was certainly the case with French tennis players who traveled for tournaments in New York.
Benoit Paire, the French veteran known for both his smooth groundstrokes and active social life, tested positive just before the US Open. Pair, currently ranked No.25 in men’s singles, turned out to have organized a card game in his room with at least six other players, including several French.
Pair was not allowed to play at the US Open, and although no one else tested positive, the other players who were close to him had to follow stricter isolation rules – even afterwards. their elimination – and health officials ultimately banned Kristina Mladenovic from participating in the doubles tournament.
The Pair saga has continued since the US Open.
After being quarantined for 14 days in New York City, Paire traveled to Rome, where he tested negative but lost in the first round of the Italian Open. He then traveled to Hamburg, Germany to play at the European Open in Hamburg. He tested positive but medical authorities cleared him to play as they determined that after 14 days an asymptomatic person would likely not continue to be contagious.
On Wednesday he fell short in the second set of his first round match against Casper Ruud. In a post-match TV interview, Paire said, “I can’t take it anymore, I’m breaking.”
In Paris, a positive test would have resulted in the immediate elimination of Paire. Players who test positive in Paris are invited to self-isolate for seven days, against compulsory isolation of 14 days in New York.