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Kudla positive at Covid, he discovers it while he is on the field but ends the match and wins (infuriating the opponent Bencherit) – News i

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Denis Kudla passed the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open ongoing in Doha, but was still eliminated. Formally, he had to withdraw: he was, without his knowledge, positive for Covid-19. The result of the second swab he underwent in Doha, after the mandatory one before leaving, arrived while the match against Elliot Benchetrit was in progress, which Kudla has defeated on the field 6-4 6-3. A doctor who entered the field alerting the referee on 4-3, he informed the manager of Kudla that he would stop the match but then continued.

We learned about it at 5-3 in the second set – said Benchetrit, understandably embittered, in a video he posted on Instagram stories -. They explained to me that, yesand if I had won that game, he should have immediately retired and I would have qualified for the second round. Instead Kudla served for the match, then snatched the last game from his opponent and found himself unable to play the second round, for the benefit of Australian Dane Sweeny, world number 794. The Frenchman, who since December has decided to represent Morocco, the country of his father’s birth, was instead transferred to another quarantine facility after having been in contact with an infected person.

The Argentine Francisco Cerundolo was also positive, and thus promoted the Spanish Mario Vilella Martinez, number 186 in the world, to the decisive qualifying round. Kudla and Cerundolo, says the Fit website, would not be the only cases of players who took the field without knowing the results of the tamponsDustin Brown, for example, revealed on Twitter that he had carried out the second test in Doha on the morning of January 10, that he took the field for the first round at four in the afternoon, and that he only knew the results at eleven on the day. after. A timing far from the promise of announcing the results within 8-14 hours.

January 12, 2021 (change January 12, 2021 | 12:06 pm)

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