Pella, Dellien forced to leave US Open tune-up event

Gudio Pella and Hugo Dellien asked to leave Cincinnati Masters after their trainer reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Guido Pella

Argentina’s Gudio Pella and Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien were forced to leave the Western & Southern Open Masters event after their trainer reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.

The tournament, the only warm-up event for the US Open, was moved from Cincinnati to Flushing Meadows, New York this year due to the pandemic and is scheduled to begin on August 22.

The USTA arranged it so that the players and organisers can stay in a bio-secure bubble in New York through the two events.

On Tuesday, the organisers released a statement saying a person had tested positive for the novel virus in the ‘bubble’. They further stated that two players, which they chose not to identify, were in quarantine and removed from the Western & Southern Open as they had been exposed to someone who tested positive.

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But on Wednesday evening Pella and Dellien posted separate videos on Instagram saying that their fitness trainer, Juan Manuel Galván, had tested positive for Covid-19.

Hugo Dellien at Flushing Meadows / Photo courtesy: Instagram

Pella, who made the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year, said that the three of them were training in Miami last week to prepare for the return to competition.

While Pella, ranked 35 in the world, was in the main draw of the ATP 1000 event, the 27-year-old Dellien was in the qualifying draw., which starts on Thursday.

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The Western & Southern Open normally is held in Cincinnati but was moved to New York this year as part of an unusual doubleheader of sorts with the US Open, which begins on August 31.