The Australian Open starts on February 8. Organized, the first Grand Slam of the new year turned out to be a huge undertaking. At least 18 flights have been licensed for 1,200 athletes, officials and staff to fly to Australia. They are all waiting for a 14-day quarantine. This flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne to bring US stars is already making its first impression!
Tennis Sandgren tested positive for the corona virus on Monday before leaving. However, he is allowed to go to Australia. With many other players and other passengers.
The plane turns back
The case is really clear – he should be home with Corona. At present it seems so. “At least I can keep my points,” he responds ironically on Twitter. But then comes the turning point. According to well-known tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg on Twitter, the machine must be turned towards the gate shortly before takeoff. Sandgren, who was brought to the brink of removal by Roger Federer in the semi-finals last year, has been allowed to ship.
“Wow, I’m on a plane … Craig Tyle is a magician,” Sandgren tweeted, referring to the CEO of Tennis Australia. Did Tiley allow a corona infected athlete to enter the country?
Infected as early as November
A spokesman for Tennis Australia explains the case: World No. 50 has been tested positive for the second time in a row. He was infected with the corona virus last November. Despite a positive test, Victorian authorities have found that Sandgren has recovered and is no longer contagious: “Some people who have been cured of Covid-19 and are not contagious can break the virus for months.”
Still playing with fire. Because all of this does not fit into the massive defensive measures of the tournament bosses. During quarantine, players are allowed to leave the hotel room for a maximum of five hours a day – for training and treatment only. In addition, “Athletes and their teams will be screened every day from the day they arrive in Australia. (smiles)