Paire says he tested pos­i­tive be­fore play­ing in Ham­burg

Malta Independent - - Sport -

French tennis player Benoit Paire was al­lowed to com­pete at the Ham­burg Open de­spite twice test­ing pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus, he said Wed­nes­day.

Paire re­tired from his open­inground match while trail­ing Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-0 on Wed­nes­day, but it was un­clear why.

Paire with­drew from the U.S. Open af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive and spend­ing more than a week in iso­la­tion. He then played at the Ital­ian Open last week, los­ing in the first round.

Ac­cord­ing to Ger­man news agency dpa, Paire said he twice tested pos­i­tive while in Ham­burg but then had a neg­a­tive test. Paire said he was not sure if he would play at the French Open, which begins Sun­day, and would end his sea­son early if he wasn't al­lowed to com­pete.

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