Jan 11 (Reuters) – Morocco’s Elliot Benchetrit almost reached the Australian Open second qualifying spherical with out profitable a set on Monday however mentioned information of his opponent Denis Kudla testing optimistic for COVID-19 got here one sport too late throughout their match.
Fourth seed Kudla beat Benchetrit 6-4 6-3 in Doha to advance however the American is out of the event as he has to self-isolate following the optimistic check.
To make issues worse, 22-year-old Benchetrit mentioned he was ready to see if he ought to now isolate after taking part in Kudla.
“At 5-3, they acquired the consequence (of his check). So if I’d gained that sport at 5-3 to make it 5-4, I’d have certified for the second spherical,” Benchetrit mentioned in a video posted on Instagram.
“Now we’re ready to see if I’m thought of a detailed contact or not. And if I’m it’s a double whammy. As a result of I misplaced the match, performed towards a (COVID-19) optimistic man they usually didn’t get the consequence earlier than the match.
“And on high of that, I’d have to remain every week within the room (below quarantine).”
Males’s qualifying for the 12 months’s first Grand Slam is happening in Doha from Jan. 10-13 earlier than gamers relocate to Melbourne to enter quarantine for 2 weeks. (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)