Sandgren gets OK to fly to Australia despite COVID-19 result

14 Janvier, 2021, 15:31 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Tennys Sandgren holds a tennis ball and points to his head during an Australian Open match against Roger Federer

World No. 50 Tennys Sandgren is said to not be contagious at this point.

Sandgren tweeted he tested "COVID positive" on Monday, after originally testing positive in late November, and was initially barred from the flight containing worldwide players out of Los Angeles.

The Australian Open will start at Melbourne Park on February 8 and run until February 21.

American tennis player Tennys Sandgren says he has been allowed to board a chartered flight to Melbourne for the Australian Open, despite recently testing positive for coronavirus. "I was sick in November, totally healthy now", Sandgren tweeted.

Tournament organisers spent several months negotiating an arrangement that was acceptable to local and national government agencies regarding the admission of more than 1,000 tennis players and associated personnel to Australia.

"Players and their teams are tested every day from their arrivals in Australia, a much stricter process than for anyone else in hotel quarantine". "Upon completion of that review he was cleared to fly".

On Wednesday, almost 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) from Melbourne, the qualifying tournament was completed for the tournament, with 16 men and 16 women set to join the singles main draw.

The entrance to the Grand Hyatt Melbourne
There will be three quarantine hotels for Australian Open tennis players and staff in Melbourne

The season's first major has already been delayed by three weeks because of restrictions in place for the pandemic, and the men's and women's qualifying tournaments - in Doha, Qatar and in Dubai - were held outside of Australia for the first time.

Those playing in this year's Australian Open must complete a two-week quarantine upon landing in the country.

On the men's side, the qualifiers include 17-year-old ATP newcomer of the year, Carlos Alcaraz of Spain.

Murray received a wildcard for the Australian Open, where he has been a runner-up on five occasions.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Sandgren initially conceded that he may not be able to fly to the first tennis grand slam of the year but later wrote: "Wow I'm on the plane".

The Australian Open draw will be conducted on Thursday 4 February.

Players are due to touch down in Melbourne on chartered planes from seven cities, although the game's biggest stars, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, will arrive in Adelaide and quarantine there.

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