Timea Babos on US Open doubles withdrawal: 'Incomprehensible! It's not fair'



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Timea Babos on US Open doubles withdrawal: 'Incomprehensible! It's not fair'

Hungarian tennis player Timea Babos has said that the US Open's decision to withdraw her and partner Kristina Mladenovic from the women's doubles event was terribly unfair. Babos and her partner Kristina Mladenovic were the top seeds in the women's doubles event and were due to play Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and American Alison Riske in the second round on Saturday.

However, they were forced to give their opponents a walkover in the second round after Mladenovic received a COVID-19 quarantine notice from New York health officials as the Frenchwoman was part of the group of players who had been in close contact with Benoit Paire, a French tennis player who had tested positive for the coronavirus and was withdrawn from the men's tournament.

Timea Babos says decision to withdraw from doubles event was not fair and an injustice

In an update on her Instagram account (quotes translate from as per Google Translate), Babos says, "I got home. I'm sitting here in my kitchen and crying ...
I haven’t really had time for anything so far, so now I’m just starting to realize what happened and I just don’t understand.

It’s terribly unfair all over, I don’t see any acceptable reason why this should have been the case.
Let's look at the facts:
Benoit Paire's PCR test was positive for about 10 days (after 4negative), but has received negative results in recent days.

Other people close to him have never had a positive test. For me 4, while for Kik 11, I say 11 again !!! had a negative Covid19 test. Yet we were excluded. We were disqualified with everyone playing all their matches, only we were left in the race.

They were already facillating on Friday to let Mannarino play, he was let that day, not us the next day.
Simply an injustice! Incomprehensible! It's not fair and I could list more.
We were first featured in a Grand Slam tournament.

I’ve been thinking a lot about whether I’m going out at all or not, I had a lot of question marks in me. But I'm an athlete, I wanted to compete. Anyway, I always go / win the competition and honestly admit that we always have a good chance.

They took the opportunity to raise a GS trophy, not to mention material and mental damage! But why? I don't know, I don't understand ... I really don't ..."

Hazaértem.

Itt ülök a konyhámban és sírok... Eddig nem igazán volt időm semmire, így most kezdem csak felfogni, hogy mi is történt és egyszerűen nem értem. Borzasztó igazságtalan az egész, nem látok semmilyen elfogadható indokot, hogy ennek miért kellett így lennie.

Nézzük a tényeket: Benoit Paire PCR tesztje nagyjából 10napja lett pozitív(4negatív után), de az elmúlt napokban már rendre negatív eredményt kapott vissza.

A többi hozzá ,,közel álló,, embernek soha nem is volt pozitív tesztje. Nekem 4, míg Kikinek 11, mégegyszer mondom 11!!! negatív Covid19 tesztje volt. Mégis kizártak minket.

Kizártak minket méghozzá úgy, hogy már mindenki lejátszotta az összes meccsét, csak mi maradtunk versenyben. Pénteken már vacilláltak, hogy Mannarinot engedjék-e játszani, őt engedték aznap, minket másnap nem.

Egyszerűen igazságtalanság! Érthetetlen! Nem fair és még sorolhatnám. Első kiemeltek voltunk egy Grand Slam tornán. Sokat agyaltam már azon is, hogy egyáltalán kiutazzak-e vagy sem, sok kérdőjel volt bennem.

De sportoló vagyok, versenyezni akartam. Amúgy is mindig győzni megyek/megyünk az adott versenyre és valljuk be őszintén, hogy erre mindig jó esélyünk van. Elvették egy GS trófea felemelésének a lehetőségét, nem is beszélve az anyagi és lelki károkról!

De miért? Nem tudom, nem értem... Tényleg nem... • (Bővebben az nso-n olvashattok a történtekről)

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Timea Babos had also lost in the first round of the women's singles event at the US Open - she lost to American Madison Keys in straight sets.