According to the different communications issued by the organization of the Australian Open, three passengers of two different flights that had final destination Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19 and all who traveled in them must do strict quarantine, without training, for 14 days.
A total of 47 tennis players are affected that they will only be able to do exercises within their respective rooms. Among those who were on the first charter flight (exclusively for tennis players and coaches) are confirmed Pablo Cuevas, Santi González and Artem Sitak. On the other hand, also the Argentines Guido Pella and Juan Ignacio Londero would be part of those affected, as well as Kei Nishokori, Tennys Sandgren and Vicky Azarenka. While the second affected plane would be Argentina Nadia podoroska.
“There were two positive COVID-19 tests from one of the charter flights to Melbourne in the last 24 hours. There were 79 people on the flight, including 67 passengers, 24 of whom are players.” expresses the first statement from the organization of the Australian Open.
Subsequently, the report continues: “The two positive tests have been of a member of the flight crew and a passenger who is not a player, they were within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight. All the passengers of the flight are already in quarantine hotels and the two positive cases transferred to a health hotel. The 24 players on the flight will not be allowed to leave their hotel rooms for 14 days and until they have medical clearance. They will not be eligible to train. “
Tournament Director Craig Tiley said: “We are communicating with everyone on this flight, and in particular with the playgroup whose conditions have now changed, to make sure their needs are being catered for as much as possible, and that they are fully informed of the situation “.
Later, when a new case arose on another plane that arrived in Melbourne, it was reported: “A passenger on a charter flight to Melbourne from Abu Dhabi has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. There were 64 people on the flight, including 23 players. All passengers on the flight are already in quarantine hotels and the positive case, who is not a player and had tested negative before the flight, has been transferred to a health hotel. The 23 players on the flight will not be allowed to leave their hotel room for 14 days and until they have medical clearance. They will not be eligible to train. “
The rest of the tennis players who will participate in the tournament in Australia will also have to get used to a new normal and will only be able to train up to five hours a day, divided into two tennis hours, two physical hours and one recovery.