On Friday morning, Kamil Majchrzak was supposed to face Pablo Carreno during the semi-finals of the ATP Cup 2022 tournament in Sydney. However, the match did not take place because the Pole is infected with the coronavirus.
“Hi everyone, I regret to inform you that I tested positive for Covid. I am therefore forced to withdraw from the ATP Cup. I am currently following all the necessary procedures, such as isolating and informing people I have had contact with. My colleagues from the national team also followed all the necessary procedures, fortunately everyone is well and ready to play. The symptoms are small, I can’t wait to return to the court as soon as possible. Thank you for your support “- Majchrzak informed on his social media .
Majchrzak’s place in the Polish team was taken by Jan Zieliński. And it was he who played with Carreno in the game that started the rivalry between the Poles and the Spaniards.
Zieliński lost … in less than an hour!
However, Jan Zieliński could not stand up to the Spaniard. – Jan Zieliński has a lot of difficulties with returning and winning balls after the second serve. But that’s not surprising. The single is a slightly different profession, and Carreno Busta does not forgive mistakes – reported Hubert Błaszczyk, a tennis expert.
The Pole lost the first set 2: 6, and in the second set it was quickly known that the picture of the game would not change. After 10 minutes he was losing 0: 3. In the end, Zieliński only managed to win one game, so he lost 1: 6. The match lasted only 53 minutes.
The result was predictable, because the Spaniard is the 20th rocket in the world, and the Pole is only 860th in the ranking. In the second match of the semi-finals between Poland and Spain, Hubert Hurkacz is facing Roberto Bautista, 19th in the ATP ranking (the match starts by 9). Bautista did not lose a single set in this year’s ATP Cup, and in the past he won twice in a direct match with Hurkacz.
The second semi-final with the participation of the Russians (defenders of the trophy) and Canadians will take place on Saturday.