McEnroe Confirms Positive COVID-19 Test And Will Miss ESPN's US Open Coverage

McEnroe Confirms Positive COVID-19 Test And Will Miss ESPN's US Open Coverage

by Nurein Ahmed

Former ATP No. 1 John McEnroe confirmed that he has been feeling unwell after testing positive for COVID-19 and is currently isolating.

McEnroe currently works as a lead tennis analyst for American sports channel ESPN and was scheduled to be in the commentary booth for the 2023 US Open. But in a statement released by the network on Tuesday, McEnroe confirmed his absence after 'feeling under the weather' and announced that he tested positive for coronavirus.

The 64-year-old will now watch the US Open from the confines of his home and is expected to miss 'some' of the US Open in commentating. According to the CDC guidelines (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), any person testing positive for COVID-19 is required to stay at home and in isolation for at least five days.

For moderate or severe cases they'll need to isolate through day 10. In this case, McEnroe will definitely miss the first week of the US Open, and depending on his recovery after that, he will be ascertained whether he can resume working for the remainder of the tournament.

"Unfortunately, after feeling a bit under the weather, I tested positive for Covid. I’m watching the US Open from home & can’t wait to get back to work soon."

McEnroe statement for missing US Open TV coverage

ESPN wished him well in his recovery and is looking 'forward to welcoming him back when he’s ready'. McEnroe is one of the sport's most eloquent and insightful analysts calling matches from the TV booth. And his services certainly don't come cheap after earning over £205,000 from BBC for two weeks of work at Wimbledon.

The retired former No. 1 won four US Open singles titles during his playing career, including the 1980 epic when he defeated Bjorn Borg in five sets - a match that is ranked among the pantheon of tennis classics.


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