French Open 2020 : 2 unnamed players test positive, five players withdraws from French Open

French Open 2020

Five unnamed players have withdrawn from French Open qualifying after two players and a coach tested positive for coronavirus.

Qualifying for the tournament at Roland Garros is starting from today.

A statement read: “The Roland-Garros tournament directors can confirm two players in the qualifying tournament have tested positive for Covid-19.

“Three others have confirmed close contact with a coach who has tested positive for Covid-19.”

It added: “In line with tournament health protocols, the five players will not compete in the qualifying tournament which begins tomorrow [Monday] and will self-isolate for a period of seven days.

“In total, some 900 tests have been carried out since Thursday, 17 September.”

The FFT, the French tennis federation, has already reduced the number of fans allowed to attend the French Open to 5,000 per day amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. 

The FFT had initially planned for 11,500 spectators per day, with 5,000 at both the Philippe-Chatrier and Suzanne-Lenglen courts, while 1,500 fans were slated to watch matches at the smaller Simonne-Mathieu court.