Women’s doubles tennis team withdraws after a player tests positive for Covid-19

Kristina Mladenovic, of France, returns a shot to Varvara Gracheva, of Russia, during the second round of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The women’s doubles tennis team of Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos has withdrawn from the US Open Tennis Championships in New York following the identification of a player who had “prolonged close contact” with another tennis player who tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the US Open.

“All persons who were identified as having prolonged close contact with the infected player will quarantine in their rooms for the remainder of their quarantine period. Kristina Mladenovic is one of these individuals, and as the women’s doubles competition has begun, the women’s doubles team of Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos has been withdrawn from the US Open,” the tennis tournament said in a statement Saturday.

Quarantine notices were issued to all players who were in prolonged close contact with the unidentified player with Covid-19 and any players in quarantine are prevented from traveling to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City from Nassau County, where all the players are staying, the US Open said.



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