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Individual tests positive for Covid-19 at U.S. Open bubble

A non-player has tested positive for Covid-19 within the controlled environment that will host this year’s Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open in New York over the next month, the United States Tennis Association said on Tuesday.

“An individual (non-player) has tested positive for Covid-19 within the Western & Southern and US Open controlled environment. The individual is asymptomatic.

“The USTA has worked with the ATP Tour and WTA Tour to create a controlled environment for the 2020 Western & Southern Open and US Open.

“The USTA, together with its medical advisers and infectious disease specialist from the Mount Sinai Health System, confirmed a positive test result for an individual.

“In accordance with New York State Department of Health requirements and in alignment with CDC guidelines and the Tournament health and safety protocols, the individual has been advised that they must isolate for at least 10 days.

“In addition contact tracing has been initiated to determine if anyone must quarantine for 14 days.”

According to the USTA, it was the only positive result from the 1,400 tests administered for Tier 1 individuals during testing, which began last Thursday.

Western & Southern Open

Due to the pandemic the Western & Southern Open, typically held in Ohio, is being played at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center this year as a lead-up to the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to start on 31 August. Those competing will be tested before traveling to the United States and one or two times per week at both events, along with daily temperature checks. A number of top players have already withdrawn from the Grand Slam in New York because of coronavirus.

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