After a lot of speculation and three hours later than planned, Alexander Zverev and Adrian Mannarino started their match from the third round of the US Open. The empty court kept the tennis world busy: the New York authorities reportedly wanted to ban the game.
The confusion arose when Zverev, with his upper body exposed, was seen on the grandstand with a drink in his hand, while he should have been on the court. His brother and television commentator Mischa then revealed that it was necessary to wait, because the state of New York prevented Mannarino from going on the track.
Mannarino belongs to a group of eleven players who have been near Benoît Paire, the French tennis player who tested positive for coronavirus in New York and was subsequently removed from the playing schedule. Since then, Mannarino won two rounds and now suddenly he would also be banned from playing.
Supreme state of preparedness for error message
Reportedly, the state of New York was in all states when sports channel ESPN reported that Kirsten Flipkens had been seen at the airport. The Belgian tennis star also belongs to the ‘elf of Paire’ and those players have to stay in their hotel rooms until September 11th.
However, when Flipkens disproved the message via Twitter (‘I wish I was at the airport’), the duel between Mannarino and Zverev was scheduled again. The Frenchman was forced to do the warm-up in his hotel room.
Meanwhile, David Goffin reached the last sixteen in New York for the fourth consecutive year. However, Belgium’s number ten of the world never made it to New York any further than that. In all other grandslam tournaments he was already a quarter finalist once.
Canadian Denis Shapovalov defeated American Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 and stands for the first time in the fourth round in New York. Fritz can beat himself: he was ahead 5-2 in the fourth set.
The Spaniards Pablo Carreno and Alejandro Davidovich also made it to the fourth round, just like the Australian Jordan Thompson.