Friday, July 3, 2020

San Jose canceled; French Open fans; Djokovic negative

   Next month's Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Thursday.
   The WTA tournament, which moved from Stanford in 2018, was scheduled for Aug. 3-9 at San Jose State.
   Withdrawals and upsets marked the first two Mubadala tournaments. In the finals, Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania crushed Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1, 6-0 in 2018, and Zheng Saisai of China defeated Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-3, 7-6 (3) last year. Those are the only career WTA singles titles of Buzarnescu, a 32-year-old left-hander, and Zheng, 26.
   French Open to allow spectators – The French Open can accommodate as many as 20,000 fans per day if the public health situation in France does not deteriorate, The New York Times reported today.
   The tournament, now scheduled for Sept. 27 to Oct. 11, plans to operate at "50 to 60 percent" of capacity, Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Federation, said in a videoconference with reporters.
   Tentatively, masks will be mandatory when moving about the grounds but not when seated at a court. There are no plans to check spectators' temperatures before entry or to require that they be tested for the coronavirus, according to The Times.
   The U.S. Open is scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13, as planned, in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., but without fans.
   World TeamTennis will allow up to 500 fans per day, 20 percent of capacity, during its season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
   Djokovic tests negative – Ten days after contracting the coronavirus, Novak Djokovic and his wife, Jelena, tested negative, his media team said in a statement.
   The No. 1-ranked player tested positive after playing in an exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia that he organized. Fans packed the stands, and players socialized with each other and spectators on and off the court.
   Djokovic and his wife had no symptoms and were in self-isolation in Belgrade, Serbia, according to the statement.

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