American Tennys Sandgren received special permission to board a flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, despite testing positive for coronavirus this week.
The world’s 50th tweeted the strange series of events that led to him hopping on the plane to Oceania with other players and officials heading to the Australian Open.
It was the second positive coronavirus test Sandgren had obtained after being initially diagnosed in November. However, just an hour later, the 29-year-old tweeted: “Update: maybe I can fly tmrw (tomorrow).”
A few minutes later, the situation had changed rapidly, and apparently it was all thanks to the director of Tennis Australia and from the Aussie tournament, Craig Tiley: “Any person arriving from abroad to participate in the Australian Open must be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) 72 hours before leaving,” said the head of the entity.
Tennis Australia it had previously said that Sandgren’s case was evaluated along with detailed medical records “to ensure they are not infectious before checking in” for the flight.
In other parts of the tennis world, Dominic Thiem’s coach, Nicolás Massú was unable to travel to Melbourne after receiving the news that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Approximately 1,200 players, officials and support personnel will land in Melbourne on 15 charter flights in the next few hours.