French Open 2020: Women's player withdrawn from qualifying field after COVID-19 positive test

Men's qualifying began on Monday while the women start on Tuesday, trying to earn a place in the rescheduled clay-court major which runs from 27 September to 11 October.

The Associated Press September 21, 2020 23:48:30 IST
French Open 2020: Women's player withdrawn from qualifying field after COVID-19 positive test

Paris: One woman who was entered in French Open qualifying tested positive for the coronavirus and was dropped from the field Monday.

The French tennis federation did not identify the player, who it said must isolate for seven days.

Women's qualifying is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

The news comes a day after the federation announced that five other players were withdrawn from qualifying — two who tested positive for COVID-19 and three who were in close contact with a coach who tested positive for the illness.

Matches in the main draw for the 15-day clay-court Grand Slam tournament begin Sunday.

The French Open normally starts in May but was postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the recently concluded U.S. Open barred fans from attending, the French Open will allow 5,000 spectators per day. That is less than half of the 11,500 the French tennis federation initially announced it was planning for. The number was reduced last week.

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