The WTA International in Istanbul will be played during the last days of the US Open 2020. In Turkey, however, the participation of the top players of the WTA Tour is almost in crisis. Leading the enty list at the moment is number 22 WTA of the ranking Elise Mertens.
The Belgian reached the final in WTA in Prague last weekend and was defeated by Simona Halep in two sets, after a good test. Mertens is the only player in the top 30 to be on the list. Number two is currently Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is already sure not to fly to the United States and will return to play official matches in Istanbul.
Yulia Putintseva, third on the list, and Magda Linette, the fourth, are already in the United States for the Western and Southern Open and for the US Open, and they will have to comply with the health regulations indicated by the Turkish government on quarantine once they arrive in Istanbul.
The same goes for the other players who decide to participate in the US Open, but if they have the opportunity, they will also want to play in Istanbul. Slam champion Jelena Ostapenko and the two Frenchmen Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia are also on the list at the moment.
WTA Istanbul Entry List
First positive swab in the New York Bubble! First positive swab in the New York Bubble! But he/she isn't a player: an accompanying person was found to be postive to the tampon when entering the bubble.
So at the end a positive swab to Covid-19 was found. In the bubble, which will also benefit the Western & Southern Open before the US Open, it did happen what many were already expecting to happen. USTA communicated the positivity to Covid-19 of this person, not a player but belonging to first level (we talked about the levels of the bubbles in this article).
The bubble is organized on different levels of security and number 1 is the one in which they fall, the same also for tennis players and their staff. Now it has begun the reconstruction of contacts to determine if anyone should remain in quarantine for fourteen days.
The USTA concludes by assuring that this is the only positive case out of 1,400 tests performed on those who enter the first level since August 13th, the day the tests start. However, it is not specified whether the positivity was detected upon arrival or subsequently.
In the last few days Kei Nishikori, who had to play bot the Western and Souther Open and the US Open, was tested positive. Olso in the Todi Challenger there were positive swabs.