French professional tennis player, Benoit Paire was permitted to play the Hamburg Open in Germany, having tested positive for COVID-19 twice.
He played his opening game of the German tennis tourney with Casper Ruud, which at the later on he left the game at the mid-way, giving Ruud a walkover to the next round of the championship.
Recall that the 31-year old player was at the U.S Open last two weeks in New York, but backed out of the Grand Slam, when initially tested for the virus. He also went to the Italian Open, crashing out of the first round of the game.
According to a German news outlet (DPA), the world number twenty-five affirmed that he has tested positive for the virus twice, but he later had negative test.
He has casted doubts on his participation in the Roland Garros, which will bring his season to a premature end, if not permitted to play.
Nevertheless, the organizers, including ATP defend the Frenchman on his decision to play, concluding that if Paire complied with the directives provided in the health regulation and protocols, he is “clear to compete at the tournament, It is not uncommon that three weeks after a positive result, fragment of the virus can be found inside the body” a Hamburg Open statement read.
“Paire has not shown any symptoms of disease and has not been contagious any time. Local health authorities in Hamburg made the decision on Saturday that Paire is allowed to play” the statement accentuated.