French Open officials said players should stay in one of the two designated hotels during the upcoming Grand Slam in Paris, not in private apartments.
In a blow to the likes of Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, who remained outside the official bubble and in private residences at the US Open, officials said they would “not be allowed” in Paris. “data-reactid =” 33 “>In a blow to the likes of Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, who remained outside the official bubble and in private residences for the US Open, officials said they would “not be allowed” in Paris.
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Speaking of the Rock n Roll tennis podcast last week, French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said he would have no special treatment for the game’s superstars. “data-reactid =” 36 “>Speaking of the Rock n Roll tennis podcast last week, French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said he would have no special treatment for the game’s superstars.
“The position we have reached to organize the tournament is the result of an incredible journey that began in early June,” said Giudicelli.
“Once we reach the protocols set by the government, we can’t change anything.
“We can’t talk about Roland Garros as a bubble. But this is a “corridor” where players are protected.
“There are many French players who have apartments around Roland Garros and in Paris.
“But even French players who own apartments, we told them you can’t be in your own houses. If you are, then we multiply the risks to get COVID-19.
“And everyone should know that COVID-19 is like a bullet. If you put it on someone, they turn again. “
The hotel strikes a blow for Serena Williams
Earlier, Williams expressed his desire to stay in his own apartment in Paris and said he would talk about it with tournament organizers.
Williams, who was allowed to stay in a private house during her bid for the US Open, suggested it was illogical to be so strict about accommodation when spectators would attend the arenas.
“Well, if there are fans, then we could stay somewhere else,” said the 23-time top winner of the US Open.
“Yes, it’s interesting because there are no private homes, but there are fans.”
The 38-year-old has a history of serious lung problems that put her health at risk during the pandemic.
She suffered a pulmonary embolism while giving birth to a daughter, Olympia, in 2017, for the second time in need of urgent treatment for the problem.
“I’m super conservative because I have some serious health problems, so I try to stay away from public places because I’ve been in a really bad situation in the hospital a few times,” Williams explained.
“So I don’t want to be in that situation again, so I don’t know. I’ll just do my best to keep following – for me, I’m trying to keep a distance of 12 feet instead of six. “
to continue his quest to equal Margaret Courtis an all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. “data-reactid =” 56 “> Serena arrived in Paris this week to to continue his quest to equal Margaret Courtis the all-time record for 24 Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic cops are preparing for an “arrogant” move at the US Open
Djokovic was heavily criticized before the US Open once he shows up, he will also stay in a private residence. “data-reactid =” 78 “>Djokovic was heavily criticized before the US Open once it became clear, he would also be staying in a private residence.
World No. 1 said he thought the hotels would be too stifling and was fighting the organizers to allow him to stay elsewhere – although he had to pay for security to show he wasn’t breaking the rules.
“I’m grateful to have seen the hotel where most of the players are staying,” he told reporters in New York.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant … but it’s hard for most players because they can’t open their window and are in a hotel in a small room.”
But while they didn’t want to sound arrogant, the treasures of tennis fans found Djokovic’s comments just that.
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