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Positive COVID-19 tests on flights affect 23 Australian Open tennis players

Argentine Guido Pella and the other players were placed in preventive quarantine.

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Three positive tests for COVID-19 on flights where tennis players, coaches and officials were traveling to the Australian Open, complicated the start of the first Grand Slam of the Year.

Two positives were detected in the flight that linked the cities of The Angels and Melbourne, and one more traveling from Abu dhabi. In no case were it about players, but rather about the crew and tournament organizers, but this caused the 66 remaining passengers, including 23 tennis players, were considered “close contacts” by the local authorities, so must keep a preventive quarantine of 14 days.

The information was confirmed by the health authorities of the ocean country and republished on the tournament’s social networks. According to the AFP agency, among the names of the 23 players who must comply with the confinement regulations are the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who won the tournament in 2012 and 2013, the American Sloane stephens, the Japanese Kei nishikori and the Argentines Guido pella and Juan Ignacio Londero.

The tournament, which is usually disputed during the second half of January was postponed to February 8, with the intention that the players can recover, since during the confinement they will not be able to leave their rooms or to train.


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