US tennis participant boards aircraft to Australian Open regardless of constructive Covid-19 take a look at


The American, a quarterfinalist finally yr’s event, had been sick and examined constructive for the virus in November however returned one other constructive take a look at earlier this week whereas feeling “completely wholesome.”

In a sequence of posts on Twitter, Sandgren initially conceded that he could not have the ability to fly to the primary tennis grand slam of the yr however later wrote: “Wow I am on the aircraft. Possibly I simply held my breath too lengthy. Craig Tiley [Tennis Australia CEO] is a wizard.”

In a submit retweeted by Tiley, the Australian Open mentioned Sandgren had been cleared to fly by the relative well being authorities.

“Within the case of Tennys Sandgren, who has self-disclosed that he beforehand examined constructive in late November, his medical file needed to be reviewed by Victorian well being authorities. Upon completion of that overview he was cleared to fly,” learn the assertion.
Lisa Neville, Australia’s Minister for Police and Emergency Providers, confirmed on Twitter that Sandgren’s constructive consequence had been reviewed by well being specialists and “decided to be viral shedding from a earlier an infection, so was given the all clear to fly.”

“Nobody who’s Covid constructive for the primary time — or might nonetheless be infectious — might be allowed in for the Aus Open,” she wrote.

It comes as three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has examined constructive for Covid-19, simply days earlier than he was resulting from fly to Melbourne.

Murray is at the moment isolating at his dwelling in Surrey, England, and it is not sure whether or not he’ll be granted permission to compete in subsequent month’s occasion.

In a tweet, organizers mentioned Murray would now be unable to affix the official constitution flights to Australia and undergo the necessary quarantine interval with the opposite gamers, suggesting he is not going to participate within the event.
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‘Completely recovered’

In line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, people who take a look at constructive however haven’t any signs can cease isolating 10 days after the primary constructive take a look at — so long as they haven’t subsequently developed signs.

However 10 days is only a normal guideline, with viral shedding in a position to proceed for longer.

Following criticism on Twitter, the world No. 50 mentioned: “There’s not a single documented case the place I might be contagious at this level. Completely recovered!”

Over 1,000 gamers and coaches have began arriving for this yr’s occasion, which has already been delayed by three weeks. The event is about to run from February 8-21.

These enjoying on this yr’s Australian Open should full a two-week quarantine upon touchdown within the nation.

Match organizers mentioned gamers would additionally “endure a extra rigorous testing schedule than most returning vacationers.”

CNN’s Christina Macfarlane and Aleks Klosok contributed to this report.



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