In a public document the United States Tennis Federation (USTA) advises players who plan to compete in the United States Open, that it avoids any responsibility about possible infections and even deaths from COVID-19, while both the ATP and the WTA have negotiated insurance for participants.

08/10/2020

On at 17:11 CEST

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This two-page document from the USTA has been filtering on social media by the Dutch tennis player Wesley Koolhof, 17 in the world in doubles, who has made it public.

. has also verified with a player representative who prefers to remain anonymous, that that document exists in which the participants assume all responsibility in case of complications derived from the coronavirus.

The document

“I voluntarily assume full responsibility for any risk, including death, that may happen to me or other persons who come into contact with me, as a result of my presence in the facilities, whether due to the negligence of the NTC (National Tennis Center) or otherwise “, says the note from the USTA in the paragraph more important, reproduced by Koolhof.

“I agree that all disputes and claims arising out of or in connection with this waiver or my presence on the premises during the COVID-19 pandemic should be pursued on an individual basis only. By signing, I waive my right to initiate, or be part of, any action or collective claim “, it indicates The document.

“USTA and ATP have worked together on the legal terms so that the US Open is played and an insurance has been taken out for the player and coach” in case any incident occurs during the tournament.

The bubble’

Those who compete in this Grand Slam, which will be held from August 31 to September 13, in addition to having to live in the ‘bubble’ of New York, they have to renounce legal action against the organization, in case of contagion by COVID-19 or even deaths.

The conditions for participation require strict measures of confinement between an airport hotel and the gaming venue, and that has raised many doubts, as the Swiss Stan Wawrinka recently expressed, the latest downgrade.

Romanian Simona Halep, two of the world, has announced that she will decide her participation at the end of the Prague tournament in which he participates this week, without a doubt, to meditate on the latest information concerning the players.

Rafa Nadal has already announced that he will not participate | .

These also take into account the possible quarantines on the return to Europe, where the circuit would continue, with the tournaments in Rome and the ‘Grand Slam’ at Roland Garros in sight, although the calendar may be altered, after the cancellation of the Mutua Madrid Open.

Draft absences

The US Open already has important casualties, such as those of the Spanish Rafa Nadal, number two in the world, the Swiss Roger Federer (4), this one due to injury, that of the Australian Nick Kyrgios (40), and the most recent, that of the Swiss Stan Wawrinka (17).

In the women’s draw will be missing the Australian Ashleigh Barty, world number one, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (5) and the Dutch Kiki Bertens (7), for now. While, the American Serena Williams has remarked: “I see myself playing everything”, the US Open and Roland Garros.