COVVI-19: Professional tennis divided on health management of pandemic

Players oppose the attitude to adopt against SARS-COV-2. Tired by constraints, some now want to do with the virus, not without controversy.


The resurgence of COVID-19 waves the world of professional tennis. The packages in Wimbledon by Marin Cilic and Matteo Bertttini, Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28, recalled it. While the ATP, which manages the male professional circuit, and the WTA (the female circuit) thought it had turned the page of the COVID-19, the renunciations of two outsiders to the London Grand Slam Tournament question on the health strategy.

Matteo Berrettini explained it in a long message on Instagram, in which he exposed his vision of things: “I felt the symptoms of the flu and I stayed in isolation in recent days. Symptoms were not severe, but I felt that it was important to do a test this morning to protect my colleagues players and all those involved in the tournament, “said the Italian.

No compulsory test is imposed for Wimbledon (from June 27 to July 10), it is therefore the personal conviction of the finalist of the 2021 edition which led him to favor security. A position that is not shared by all on the circuit. Tired by health restrictions, the French player Alizé Cornet pleads for a relaxation of the rules. “The covid, now, has entered customs, there are the vaccines, etc. If we go back to stuff, I don’t go!”, She said at a press conference After his victory in the first round of Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 28. The French number one, 37 in the WTA ranking, hopes that the decision -makers of the London tournament “will have the intelligence” not to institute a reinforced health protocol in the coming days. A decision which would, after the disappearance of the points usually attributed during the Grand Slam on grass, “the pompom”, in its own terms.

suspicion of cluster at Roland-Garros

This is the continuation of his speech that created the controversy. “In Roland-Garros, there was an epidemic of Covid, no one spoke about it,” revealed the 32-year-old player against the media, before returning to her words the next day while talking about suspicions. His initial message could indeed be confusing: “In the locker room, everyone has had it and we didn’t say anything. When it comes out in the press, on great players like that, it will start to put the fire at the lake everywhere, and that worries me a little. “

I still want to specify something:
I said that I “suspected” a few cases of covid during Roland G…

– Alizecornet (@alize Cornet)

Faced with criticism, Alizé Cornet received the support of his compatriot Tatiana Golovin. “The Czechs all had the covid [During Roland-Garros] and no one spoke about it, added on Wednesday, with the France-Presse agency, the former player who became a consultant on the BeIN Sports channel. There is had a lot of cases, we did not talk about it. We talk about it because there was the case Berrettini. There have been cases to Roland and nobody talked about it. “

Accusions refuted in block by the Czech Tennis Federation. “His statement is so absurd that it is difficult to believe that someone could have made such comments and meant that. It is completely absurd,” swept the spokesperson for the federation, Karel Tekjal. During the Parisian tournament, only the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, crowned in 2021, had publicly revealed his contamination and renounced to play his double match after her simple elimination in the first round against the French Diane Parry, May 23.

A decision that was also forced to take Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic. Additional proof that the COVVI-19 has not finished playing the spoilsports on the tennis courts.

/Media reports.