Covid tests put 72 Australian Open players into quarantine
Jan 19 2021
Victoria has extended its run of days without a locally acquired case of coronavirus to 13, but is tackling to prevent the spread of cases brought in from overseas, including those on flights that contained Australian Open players and coaches.
Some players have complained about quarantine conditions and said they had not been advised that they would not be allowed to train if there were cases on their flights.
More players and officials landing in Melbourne for the Australian Open are likely to test positive to coronavirus within days after new cases were confirmed among participants arriving for the tennis tournament.
Two other people on that flight had earlier tested positive, while another case was detected on a flight from Abu Dhabi.
Sorana Cirstea of Romania, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan complained in social media posts that the rules seemed to have changed between what they saw before traveling to Australia and what was being imposed in Melbourne. There's no special treatment.
Some 72 players and support staffers are in a 14-day lockdown in Melbourne after arriving on 17 charter flights in the past five days.
The annual Grand Slam tennis event in Australia was originally scheduled to start this month. Those players flew straight to Adelaide to begin their hotel quarantine period.
Victoria Premier Andrews has flat out refused to accept the demands.
But the tournament has been plunged into chaos after five passengers across three of those flights tested positive for COVID-19.
Recently, dozens of the world's top tennis players have been forced into a strict two-week hotel quarantine after at least four passengers on charter flights bound for the tournament tested positive for COVID-19.
None were players, although one was Sylvain Bruneau, coach of Canada's 2019 US Open victor Bianca Andreescu.
"Yes, it's not an even playing field as far as preparation goes but we're going to play our part to try to even it up as much as possible", he said.
The four coronavirus cases connected to the Australian Open were on flights arriving from Los Angeles in the U.S. and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Former Love Island Australia star Vanessa Sierra took to social media to share her isolation experience with her followers.
"We always knew there would be significant risk with this pandemic, you can never tell", Mr Tiley told the Channel Nine TV station.