Australian Open: 2 more players test positive for COVID

  • Australian Open: 2 more players test positive for COVID

Australian Open: 2 more players test positive for COVID

Passengers who arrived on three charter flights have been placed into hard quarantine, including more than 70 players who are unable to train outside their rooms for 14 days before the year's first Grand Slam starts on February 8.

Some players expressed surprise at the hard quarantine rules, suggesting they were not aware that if someone on their flight tested positive, they would have to adhere to a 14-day quarantine, without the opportunity to practice.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has made it very clear none of this will be happening. His latest duff chord was struck from the comfort of Adelaide, the business-class lounge of Australian Open quarantine venues.

Some players have taken to social media to say that if they had known about Australia's quarantine protocols, they wouldn't have chosen to take part in the tournament.

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has taken a shot at player who have complained about strict quarantine measures before the Australian Open, arguing all players were informed of the potential to be labelled "close contacts".

What are the complaints from the players in quarantine?

"It's tough and I think we have to work a lot mentally and be patient", he added.

A serve for the world tennis number one, from Kiwi doubles player Marcus Daniell.

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Apart from this, most players (even those allowed the five-hour exemption) have complained about the quality of food being provided by the hotel.

-Move as many players as possible to private houses with a court to train. That was very clearly laid out beforehand. "So the notion that there's been any change, the notion that people weren't briefed - I think that that argument really has no integrity whatsoever", Andrews said during a press briefing.

"The majority of the players have been absolutely fantastic and this is a playing group that's a little bit upset with what some others have said because it holds them in a bad light in the community", Tiley told reporters.

Predictably, the world-class athletes are none too pleased about the restrictions, which apply by default to anyone travelling into Australia from overseas-including Australian citizens, and regardless of whether or not they're considered close contacts to an active COVID-19 case...

Australian authorities have identified cases of COVID-19 on three separate charter planes used to fly in players from around the world.

In total, 17 charter flights carried around 370 players to Australia to compete over the past week or so.

"I have no issues to stay 14 days in the room watching Netflix".

On Monday, the BBC reported that "at least nine infected people (have been) quarantined", including an unnamed player.