After testing positive for COVID-19, two players were pulled from the Australian Open qualifying tournament in Doha, Qatar, and placed in hotel quarantine.
Following a 6-4, 6-3 first-round win over Elliot Benchetrit of Morocco on Monday, American Denis Kudla, seeded No. 4 in the qualifying event, which is being hosted outside of Australia for the first time, was withdrawn. Before being removed, Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-4.
Two positive tests were found at the competition, according to Tennis Australia, and both guys were transported to a government-run hotel with tight quarantine measures in place.
The statement said that “Local health authorities, the tournament physician, and medical team are monitoring each individual. Contact tracing is currently underway to notify close contacts.”
Due to the withdrawals, Australia’s Dane Sweeny and Spain’s Mario Vilella Martinez will receive walkovers into the third round of qualification. Match officials were informed of Kudla’s positive test while the American was ahead 5-3 in the second set according to Australian media. Although they planned to notify both players after the regulation change ends following the game.
Both Kudla and Benchetrit were knocked out of the event after Kudla broke serve to win the match. The match would have been ended at the ninth game of the second set if there hadn’t been a break of serve at that point, and No. 221-ranked Benchetrit would have gone to the next round.