Dzumhur and coach taking legal action against French Open organizers over COVID-19 test

Bosnian tennis player Damir Dzumhur has been barred from competing at the French Open after his coach received a false-positive coronavirus test result.
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Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur is taking legal action against French Open organizers after he was barred from entering the qualification round after his coach Petar Popovic tested positive for COVID-19.

Popovic tested positive but argued it was a ‘false positive’ because he already had contracted the virus earlier this year, saying he was “full of antibodies”.

Dzumhur and Popovic said they were denied a second test by French Open organizers, the French tennis federation (FFT), with Popovic saying a new test he underwent returned negative, according to French sports daily L’Equipe.

“It’s a scandal and a huge frustration,” Popovic told L’Equipe on Tuesday.

“I’m sure we’re going to win in court. They’re going to pay a lot for this. It makes me crazy.”

Six players have already been denied playing in the qualification phase amid positive coronavirus tests.

The main draw starts on Sunday.

The FFT was not immediately available for comment.

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