Talk of 'fake bubble,' 'bubble in bubble' on U.S. Open's Day 1

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For all of the obvious concessions to the coronavirus at the no-fans-allowed U.S. Open -- near-empty arenas; silence pierced by the occasional clap, sneaker squeak or roaring jet; a lack of line judges -- the aftereffects of one player's positive test caused the biggest stir on Day 1.

Yes, plenty of matches were played amid a pandemic at the first Grand Slam tournament in nearly seven full months.

But three players from France acknowledged their involvement: Kristina Mladenovic, who is seeded 30th in women's singles; Adrian Mannarino, seeded 32nd in men's singles; and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who is entered in men's doubles. "I am basically in a new `bubble in the bubble,' so there's not very much I'm allowed to do, which makes it tough for me to compete and mentally be kind of fresh and ready," said Mladenovic, who doubled over and let out a loud yell after beating Hailey Baptiste of the United States 7-5, 6-2.

Mladenovic said she was told she can spend time with her brother but "no one else," and has been banned from working out at the gym and "any other facilities that have been put in place for the players."


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Nothing to do with the bubble in question. isn’t a real thing...just saying..

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