Tennys Sandgren got into the « joke » preps for a tournament that saw a host of big names dropping out early after being forced into a tough lockdown.
Tennys Sandgren fell out in three sets against Alex de Minaur in the first round. AP
The outspoken two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren hit the « joke » preps for a tournament that saw a multitude of big names that were forced into a tough lockdown drop out early.
The American fell out in three sets against Alex de Minaur in the first round, saying it was unfair to players who were forced to stay in their hotel rooms for 14 days on their charter flights to Australia following COVID-19 cases.
« I don’t know if the whole tournament is a joke. The tournament could be from my point of view, » he said.
« I’ve never played a field in a Grand Slam because I knew I probably would Can’t win. I’m not physically fit enough to play with my opponent. «
» And it’s something out of my control and there are 75 other men and women in the same boat. It’s a large number of people and it’s very good e players.
« I don’t know, I wouldn’t say the whole tournament is a joke, but for some players it’s not doable. It’s just not feasible. «
His comments follow a fiery Benoit Paire, who is also trying to be forced into suspension, and tells the French media this week, » I think it sucks and what happened , is shameful.
Others who were eliminated early were the Grand Slam champions Bianca Andreescu, Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka.
« Of course, I really tried to stay positive and get the most out of it two-week situation, « she said.
» But you feel it, especially when you play a real match that matters, and you play the first matches in a Grand Slam, even against an opponent who doesn’t remains in tough lockdown. «
While they were fighting, 14 days in their room did not seem to have affected the young American Ann Li, who reached the third round on Wednesday with a loss to the Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.
February 10, 2021 1:12:36 PM
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The three-time Grand Slam winner, five-time runner-up in Melbourne Park, was unable to travel to Australia after a positive test at Christmas time.
Badosa, who drew criticism after complaining about her mandatory quarantine and then being the only player to test positive, said the past month was « very, very tough ».
Sumit has received a wild card for the main draw and will know his opponent on Thursday when the draw for the newly scheduled major is announced.
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