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

The American, a quarterfinalist finally yr’s event, had been sick and examined optimistic for the virus in November however returned one other optimistic 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 be capable to fly to the primary tennis grand slam of the yr however later wrote: “Wow I am on the aircraft. Perhaps I simply held my breath too lengthy. Craig Tiley [Tennis Australia CEO] is a wizard.”

In a put up retweeted by Tiley, the Australian Open stated 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 optimistic in late November, his medical file needed to be reviewed by Victorian well being authorities. Upon completion of that assessment he was cleared to fly,” learn the assertion.
Lisa Neville, Australia’s Minister for Police and Emergency Providers, confirmed on Twitter that Sandgren’s optimistic outcome had been reviewed by well being consultants and “decided to be viral shedding from a earlier an infection, so was given the all clear to fly.”

“Nobody who’s Covid optimistic 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 optimistic for Covid-19, simply days earlier than he was on account of fly to Melbourne.

Murray is presently isolating at his house in Surrey, England, and it is uncertain whether or not he’ll be granted permission to compete in subsequent month’s occasion.

READ: English Premier League grapples with Covid-19 spike

‘Completely recovered’

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

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

Following criticism on Twitter, the world No. 50 stated: “There’s not a single documented case the place I’d 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 ready to run from February 8-21.

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

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

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

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