Rising Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev thinks it's inevitable that players will be getting infected once the Tour resumes but that won't be anything odd since it's happening in sports that have resumed. The tennis season has been suspended since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic but the ATP plans to restart the season on August 14 in the United States at the Citi Open in Washington.
Some players have questioned the decision to stage tournaments in the United States since they have been the nation hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and players fear the risk of getting infected will be much higher there.
One of the frequently asked questions has been what will happen if a player or several players test positive for the coronavirus. "I think it's inevitable [that players will be getting infected] once the Tour resumes, we see it happening in other sports which already resumed — despite this, matches and competitions still go on," Rublev told Sport-Express Russia.
The US Open officials are preparing a set of strict hygiene restrictions that every player will be required to follow but they have also noted that the tournament won't be abruptly cancelled if a player tests positive for the coronavirus.
I think it's inevitable [that players will be getting infected] once the tour resumes, we see it happening in other sports which already resumed — despite this, matches and competitions still go on.
(via @sportexpress) — Oleg S.
(@AnnaK_4ever) July 19, 2020
Daniil Medvedev knows Rublev's weak spot
Top-ranked Russian tennis player Medvedev knows how to provoke Rublev as the 22-year-old doesn't like being called "Jannik." World No. 5 Medvedev thinks Rublev and Jannik Sinner have some similarities and he made sure to let the 22-year-old know that.
"Andrey always gets angry when he is called Jannik, because he looks like Sinner a bit (because of hair!)," Medvedev said. "During the US Open, when I said to him 'hey, Jannik! how are you?', he got angry and went away, then came back 10 minutes later, and said 'you're Davydenko!'"
Meanwhile, Rublev returned to competitive action at the Adria Tour event in Zadar, where he made the final before the organizers called off the final due to coronavirus concerns.
Medvedev: Andrey always gets angry when he is called Jannik, because he looks like Sinner a bit (because of hair!).
During USO, when I said to him "hey, Jannik! how are you?", he got angry and went away, then came back 10 minutes later, and said "you're Davydenko!!" 🤣.@atptour pic.twitter.com/6hMDKuAlyF — 井蛙堂 (@seiadoumogera) July 18, 2020
Two weeks later, world No. 14 Rublev appeared at Thiem's 7, where he made it all the way after beating home favorite Dominic Thiem in the final. Rublev made an outstanding start to the season as he claimed back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide, before he made the round-of-16 at the Australian Open.