Players to quarantine as Covid cases confirmed on Australian Open flight

Players to quarantine as Covid cases confirmed on Australian Open flight

The 79 people aboard the flight were notified late Friday that a crew member and a passenger on the plane had tested positive on arrival in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, world number three Dominic Thiem arrived without coach Nicolas Massu, another to test positive, and Nadal is missing his coach Carlos Moya who has decided not to make the trip.

The American sent out a series of tweets before his departure from Los Angeles, initially saying he had tested positive on Monday and would miss his flight.

Those were among the 17 charter flights from seven worldwide destinations bringing up to 1,200 players, coaches, staff and officials into Australia for the tournament.

A few hours later, there was another positive test after flight EY8004 from Abu Dhabi landed.

Players on the flight now face two weeks of hotel quarantine and must to train indoors, instead of being allowed out for five hours training per day, part of conditions that allowed the event to go ahead, the newspaper reported.

The local case, in western Sydney, is likely linked a known cluster in New South Wales, the most populous state, which recorded 11 cases in hotel quarantine, contact tracers say.

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was among the earliest arrivals into Melbourne on one of the 15 charter flights bringing players and officials into the city for the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

One of the ways Tennis Australia hoped to reduce the risk of players contracting the virus during their journeys to Melbourne was to organise charter flights.

On the other plane, which was carrying 64 people, including 23 players, there was one positive test from a passenger.

Other players will be allowed to train under strict conditions and with supervision for up to five hours a day.

World No. 3 and US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who will be playing for Austria in the ATP Cup warm-up event on Feb 1, travelled to Australia without his coach Nicolas Massu, who tested positive.

Players and officials were supposed to have received a negative COVID-19 test before they boarded their flights.

Australia has done a relatively good job of containing the coronavirus, with 909 deaths nationally. Tennis and Victorian health officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Her best result at Melbourne Park has been reaching the second round in 2019.

Lisa Neville, Australia's Minister for Police and Emergency Services, confirmed on Twitter that Sandgren's positive result had been reviewed by health experts and "determined to be viral shedding from a previous infection, so was given the all clear to fly".

Three-time major victor Andy Murray tested positive for the virus and is isolating at home in London, casting doubt on whether he will be able to play. There were three new cases in hotel quarantine.

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