Australian Open Updates And More
Despite having recently returning a positive test for COVID-19, American tennis player Tennys Sandgren revealed that he was allowed to board a chartered flight to Melbourne for the Australian Open.
Last Monday, Sandgren took to Twitter that he was “COVID positive” after originally testing positive late November. He was initially barred from the flight containing international players out of Los Angeles.
However, the world’s number 50 cited he was then allowed to join the delayed flight and called director Craig Tiley of the Australian open a “wizard”. He then tweeted he was not contagious and had “totally recovered”.
It reads, “My two tests were less than eight weeks apart. I was sick in November, totally healthy now.”
When asked for comments, Tennis Australia did not put input specifically on Sandgren’s situation but pointed out that they are following Victorian Government guidelines on players being allowed to fly to Melbourne.
In a statement, Tennis Australia rejoined, “Some people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who are non-infectious can continue to shed the virus for several months. Victorian Government public health experts assess each case based on additional detailed medical records to ensure they are not infectious before checking in to the charter flights. “
The statement further explained, “Players and their teams are tested every day from their arrival in Australia, a much stricter process than for anyone else in hotel quarantine.”
As planned, the Australian Open will commence at Melbourne Park on February 8 and run until February 21. The first players contesting the Australian Open are scheduled to arrive in Melbourne.
Following the preparations, three hotels were added to Victoria’s hotel quarantine program to accommodate the arrivals earlier this week. These are namely, Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, the View on St Kilda Road, and the Pullman Hotel in Albert Park.
Players and their supporters will be permitted to leave their hotel rooms for up to five hours per day to complete training, and each hotel will have its own dedicated training facility.