Bizarre end to Australian Open Player tests positive for Covid-19 on court, wins game then pulls out to go into isolation
Fourth-seeded American tennis player Kudla downed Moroccan Elliot Benchetrit 6-4 6-3, but the match ended in controversy.
The positive COVID-19 test result reportedly came through with Kudla leading 5-3 in the second, and according to Benchetrit they had to finish the game in progress.
Because world No.114 Kudla won that game, which wrapped up the match, he was declared the winner.
If Benchetrit had won the game to extend the match, it would have been declared a walkover in his favour.
‘At 5-3, they got the result. So to sum up: if I’d won that game at 5-3 to make it 5-4, I’d have qualified for the second round,’ Benchetrit said on Instagram.
In another blow, Benchetrit may also have to isolate in Doha if he is deemed a close contact.
Cerundolo was due to face Spain’s Mario Vilella Martinez but received his positive result before taking to the court. The Argentina later tweeted he was in ‘good health’.