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Kristina Mladenovic Removed From US Open And Placed Under Quarantine By Nassau County

Local health officials have stepped in and barred a series of players from Flushing Meadows in an unprecedented move.

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The top seeds in this year’s US Open women’s doubles draw has been withdrawn from the competition due to one of them being in close contact with Benoit Paire.

 

Kristina Mladenovic, along with her partner Timea Babos, unexpectedly disappeared from Saturday’s order of play where they were scheduled to play Gabriela Dabrowski and Alison Riske. The Frenchwoman is one of 11 players currently living in what is being described as a ‘bubble inside a bubble’ after being in contact with Paire, who tested positive for COVID-19 a week ago. Although he has since tested negative.

The removal of Mladenovic comes a day after Adrian Mannarino was almost prevented from playing his clash with Alexander Zverev. There was a lengthy delay to the match following discussions between the USTA and New York health officials, who wanted Mannarino to not play. Although he was eventually allowed to take to the court most likely due to the fact he was already on site and had been warming up for the match.

Although New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided not to give a special mission to Mladenovic. The USTA have confirmed that she has been placed into quarantine by Nassau County and will not be allowed to leave her room for the reminder of the quarantine period. The tournament are obligated to follow rules set out by local authorities.

“Public health officials of Nassau county, N.Y., have issued quarantine notices for all individuals who had previously close contact with a person who previously tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus,” The USTA said in a statement.
“As the players are staying in Nassau County, the quarantine notices prevents any of these individuals from committing to the Billie Jean Tennis Center in New York City, The USTA is obligated to adhere to government guidance at the state, city and county level.’
“All persons who were identified as having prolonged close contact with the infected player will quarantine in their room for the remainder of the period. Kristina Mladenovic is one of these individuals, and as the women’s doubles competition has begun, the team of Mladenovic and Timea Babos has been withdrawn from the US Open.”

Mladenovic is currently staying in the players hotel which is located in Nassau County. Meaning the ruling by officials overrides the existing agreement the US Open, which is located in Queen’s, had in New York.

The development comes after the 27-year-old blasted officials at the tournament over the new ‘bubble in bubble’ policy. Originally she was only allowed to play after signing a new waiver that limits her movement around the site. It is unclear as to why there has been a sudden change.

“I have the impression we are prisoners or criminals,” she said following her second round loss on Wednesday. “For even the slightest movement, we have to ask permission even though we are tested every day and had 37 negatives. It’s abominable. The conditions are atrocious.”

It is understood that all of those who have been in close contact with Paire are not allowed to exit the bubble until September 11th regardless of if they are in the tournament or not. Besides Mladenovic, Gregoire Barrere, Richard Gasquet, Adrian Mannarino, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Ysaline Bonaventure and Kirsten Flipkens have been placed under the tighter restrictions. Meaning they will also not be allowed leave their rooms over the coming days.

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Nikoloz Basilashvili upsets Stefanos Tsitsipas in Indian Wells to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal

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Nikoloz Basilashvili upset world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-4 to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semfinal. 

 

Basilashvili, who was playing in his first Masters 1000 quarter final, went up a 4-1 lead with a double break in the first and fifth games. Tsitsipas pulled one break back in the sixth game for 2-4. Basilashvili held on his next service games to claim the first set 6-4. 

Tsitsipas broke twice in the fourth and eighth games and did not face a break point to seal the second set 6-2. 

After a trade of breaks in the first and fourth games of the third set, Basilashvili earned his second break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and fended off a break point in the eighth game to hold serve after three deuces. He served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game.   

Despite the defeat Tsitsipas still leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Basilashvili. The Georgian player had never won a main draw match in Indian Wells in his four previous appearances at this tournament. Earlier this year he won two titles at Doha and Munich. 

Tsitsipas was aiming to reach his third consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal in North America after advancing to the last four in two consecutive hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati. 

“I have played really great matches this tournament. I was not played with how I played today but I was happy with how I managed my stress levels. First time in the quarter finals and it is a big court and Stefanos is still a tough player. I had to keep my physical levels and energy levels in a really good shape because I knew mentally I would be a little bit tight and stressed”, said Basilashvili.

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Carlos Moya, Flavia Pennetta and Ana Ivanovic are among the candidates for the 2022 International Tennis Hall of Fame

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Carlos Moya, the first Spanish player the number 1, and former Grand Slam champions Flavia Pennetta and Ana Ivanovic are among the candidates for 2022 International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

 

Ivanovic lifted the 2008 French Open Trophy after a final at the 2008 Australian Open and a semifinal at 2007 Wimbledon and claimed 15 WTA titles during her career. Since her French Open triumph, she spent 12 weeks as world number 1 player. She would become the first player representing Serbia to be voted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

“Many of the women who I looked up to as a young girl are Hall of Famers and to be nominated to receive an honour that places my career alongside those who inspired me is just incredible”, said Ana Ivanovic. 

Flavia Pennetta became the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion when she beat her childhood friend Roberta Vinci in the all-Italian US Open Final in 2015. Pennetta teamed up with Vinci in guiding Italy to four Fed Cup titles. 

“I loved competing and to have my tennis career recognized in this way among the sports all-greats is such an incredible honour”, said Pennetta. 

Moya won the 1998 Roland Garros title and reached the 1997 Australian Open final. He became the first Spanish player to reach the top of the ATP Ranking and won 20 ATP titles, including three ATP Masters 1000 trophies. Moya lifted the Davis Cup title in 2004 for Spain after taking his his second singles win of the tie with his straight-set win over Andy Roddick. 

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Paula Badosa reaches her first WTA 1000 semifinal at Indian Wells

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World number 27 Paula Badosa became the first Spanish player since 2003 to reach the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after her 6-4 6-3 win over 2019 finalist Angelique Kerber. 

 

After an early trade of breaks in the first set, both Badosa and Kerber held serve until the 10th game, when Kerber misfired on consecutive points, as was serving at 4-5 30-30. Badosa earned her second break point, as Kerber hit her second double fault of the set. Badosa converted her chance when Kerber sent her backhand long. 

Badosa went up a 5-2 lead with a double break in the fourth and sixth games. Kerber fended off two match points to hold serve for 3-5 before breaking Badosa to get back on serve for 5-5. After two holds of serve Badosa converted her third match point after Kerber sent her forehand long. 

Badosa set up a semifinal against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who beat Anett Kontaveit. The Spaniard has moved into her second WTA 1000 semifinal of the season after advancing to the same stage at the Madrid Mutua Open. 

Badosa has claimed her fourth top 10 win of her 2021 season after beating this year’s Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets in the fourth round. Earlier this week she defeated Coco Gauff and Dayana Yastremska, dropping just one set en route to the semifinal against Jabeur. 

Badosa will meet Jabeur for the second time this season. The Spanish player beat her Tunisian rival 7-6 2-6 6-4 at the 2015 US Open. Jabeur took a re-match last spring when she beat Badosa 7-6 5-7 7-5 in the second round in Miami. 

Last April Badosa beat Belinda Bencic and Ashleigh Barty at the Charleston Open en route to the semifinals, where she lost to Veronika Kudemertova. One month later the Spanish player advanced to her first WTA 1000 semifinal at the Madrid Mutua Open becoming the first Spanish player to reach the semifinals in the tournament history, beating Belinda Bencic. Badosa reached her third consecutive semifinal at the Serbia Open defeating Rebecca Petterson. She joined the top 40 for the first time in her career and went on to win her maiden title after Ana Konjuh withdrew from the match injured. 

At the French Open Badosa beat 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova to move into the quarter finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. She went up a break in the final set, but she lost to Tamara Zidansek. 

At the Olympic Games in Tokyo Badosa beat Kristina Mladenovic, Iga Swiatek and Nadia Podoroska before withdrawing from the quarter final against eventual Olympic silver medallist Marketa Vondrousova due to a heatstroke.  

“I always said Jabeur is one of the most talented players in the world. She is doing an amazing year. It’s nice seeing all these players that we were like a few years ago outside the top 100 now being top 10, top 20, fighting for the finals. It’s amazing. I am super happy that I can play her”, said Badosa. 

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