Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori has become the latest high-profile celebrity to fall victim to the spreading pandemic of coronavirus in the US.
The 2014 US Open runner-up, who recently practiced in Florida, revealed on Sunday the “-unfortunate news” he’s tested positive for coronavirus and will pull out of the Cincinnati Masters, a preview tournament at Flushing Meadows that begins on Thursday.
The hard-court tournament is usually played in Cincinnati but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been moved to the US Open venue in New York.
Nishikori, who was also a 2016 and 2018 US Open semifinalist, is not the first top-tier tennis player to test positive for the infection. World No.1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia caught the virus. After arranging a series of tournaments in Croatia and Serbia in June.
Coronavirus still threatens sports
In contrast to Djokovic, Nishikori expressed a different attitude towards the coronavirus. As the cautious player also called on people to wear masks in a video posted on Instagram in July, “not only for themselves, but for everyone too.”
As of Tuesday, there have already been 5,443,126 certain cases-a world-leading figure-in the United States. Both Florida, where Nishikori is based, and New York. Where the US Open is going to take place, are hard-hit areas.
World No.2 Simona Halep in the women’s singles on Monday. She became the sixth top 10 female competitor to drop out of the US Open. Which is to commence on August 31, due to fears about the pandemic.
Hosting international competitions involves a large number of competitors. Including athletes as well as workers, who may have to drive long distances to participate.
Although mandatory testing is necessary ahead of the tournament. It will inevitably put extra pressure on the organizers if there are more confirmed cases.
Several other US sports have also resumed competition, but almost all of them have witnessed new confirmed cases.
The Cfl, who began training camps but did not launch a regular season, last week had 53 more positive events. Cases would likely rise as movement between teams intensifies.