Twenty-four gamers on a constitution flight from the US to Melbourne are required to quarantine for 2 weeks after a member of the flight crew and a passenger — not a participant — examined optimistic. Each had examined unfavorable inside 72 hours of boarding the flight, which carried a complete of 79 individuals.
One other 23 gamers are additionally in quarantine following the arrival in Melbourne of a constitution flight carrying 64 individuals from Abu Dhabi. One particular person — once more not a participant — examined optimistic after the flight, regardless of presenting documentation of a unfavorable Covid-19 check previous to takeoff.
All 47 gamers affected will be unable to depart their resort rooms for the 14-day interval and till they’re medically cleared. They won’t be eligible to apply.
“All passengers from the flight are already in quarantine resorts and the optimistic case, who will not be a participant and had examined unfavorable earlier than the flight, has been transferred to a well being resort,” stated the second assertion in reference to the Abu Dhabi-Melbourne flight.
The passengers who examined optimistic for the virus on the US flight had been additionally transferred to a well being resort.
“Our ideas are with the 2 individuals who examined optimistic on the flight and we want them effectively for his or her restoration,” stated Australian Open Event Director Craig Tiley within the organizers’ first assertion.
‘Rigorous testing schedule’
“Quickly, half of the gamers from the AO will really must isolate,” she tweeted. “Weeks and weeks of apply and onerous work going to waste for one particular person optimistic to Covid in a 3/4 empty aircraft. Sorry however that is insane.”
World No. 71 Sorana Cirstea stated she understood the necessity to quarantine, however that being unable to coach and apply would have an effect on her capacity to compete successfully on the Australian Open.
“What we cant do is COMPETE after we’ve stayed 14 days on a sofa. That is the problem, not the quarantine rule.
“I would wish no less than 3 weeks after with a view to be in first rate type once more and compete at a excessive degree! stated Cirstea in one other tweet.
Initially scheduled to start out this month, the Australian Open was rescheduled to February 8-21 due to Covid-19 considerations.
Whereas a lot of the world’s prime gamers have gone straight to Melbourne, others comparable to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, flew to Adelaide.
“SA Well being has confirmed that there is no such thing as a one who has an lively COVID-19 an infection in the complete tennis cohort primarily based in Adelaide,” tweeted the Australian Open afterward Saturday. “Testing will proceed each day.”
Previous to Saturday’s developments, event organizers had stated gamers would additionally “endure a extra rigorous testing schedule than most returning vacationers.”
All should endure a 14-day quarantine, however are allowed out for 5 hours each day to coach in strict bio-secure bubbles forward of a bunch of warm-up tournaments, all in Melbourne, within the week main up the grand slam.
However these 47 gamers now holed up of their resorts will likely be left questioning simply how they’ll have the ability to correctly put together or the primary grand slam of the season.
CNN’s Dan Kamal contributed to this report.