Asked about the packages of Marin Cilic and Matteo Berrettini, both forced to give up Wimbledon after positive tests for Covid-19, Alizé Cornet made a sensational and surprising exit at a press conference on Tuesday. The French No. 1 reveals in particular an “epidemic of Covid-19 at Roland-Garros”, passed over in silence by the players after a “tacit agreement”.
Shattering revelations of Alizé Cornet on this second day at Wimbledon. Asked about the packages of Marin Cilic and Matteo Berrettini, forced to leave the London Grand Slam after positive tests for Covid-19, the French No. 1 assured that the virus had circulated widely in the locker room during the last edition. of Roland-Garros (May 22-June 5). According to her, the existence of this epidemic focus has been passed over in silence.
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“The Covid, now, is back in mores. There are vaccines. There have always been injuries and illnesses. At Roland-Garros, there was an epidemic of Covid-19 and nobody spoke. In the locker room, everyone had it and we said nothing, “said the Frenchwoman at a press conference, just after her victory in the first round against Kazakh Putintseva.
“A tacit agreement between us”
“When we see that Krejcikova withdraws (the Czech had given up playing doubles after a positive test for Covid-19 at Roland-Garros, editor’s note) and that the whole locker room is sick…, continued Cornet. We all might have had the flu, three symptoms, itchy throat and we’re playing, we’re fine. At Roland-Garros, there must have been a few cases and it must have been a tacit agreement between us. We’re not going to test ourselves to get ourselves into trouble. I saw girls wearing masks because they didn’t want to pass it on… But I won’t say more about it.”
Matteo Berrettini, outgoing finalist and one of the big favorites for the final victory, withdrew from Wimbledon just before his entry into contention in the first round on Tuesday, 24 hours after the withdrawal for the same reason of Marin Cilic. In London, concern is mounting, since Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal trained with these two players a few days ago.