Dzumhur to take le­gal ac­tion over ejec­tion ‘scan­dal’

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Bos­nian player Damir Dzumhur is plan­ning to take the French Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion to court af­ter he was ejected from the French Open’s qual­i­fy­ing event be­cause his coach tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Dzumhur is frus­trated be­cause his coach, Pe­tar Popovic, con­tracted Covid in the sum­mer and he be­lieves he is still show­ing the re­mains of an­ti­bod­ies. On his re­turn to Ser­bia, Popovic was tested again and came up neg­a­tive.

“It’s a scan­dal and a huge frus­tra­tion,” Dzumhur said. “I’m sure we’ll win in court, but it hurts a lot.”

The news comes on top of a rocky start to the French Open, which starts in earnest on Sun­day. Six play­ers have al­ready been with­drawn from this week’s qual­i­fy­ing be­cause of pos­i­tive Covid tests.

Be­hind the scenes, play­ers and coaches have re­ported a less so­phis­ti­cated op­er­a­tion than the one run by the United States Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion in New York this month. “Or­gan­i­sa­tion-wise, it is not at the same level,” said the Amer­i­can player Noah Ru­bin on his

pod­cast.

There are also in­for­mal re­ports of the French fed­er­a­tion tak­ing a high­handed ap­proach to those who

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