47 Australian Open gamers in arduous quarantine after COVID circumstances

4 coronavirus circumstances have been detected on constitution flights carrying tennis gamers, coaches and officers to Melbourne for the Australian Open, forcing 47 gamers into strict resort quarantine.

Well being authorities confirmed there had been three optimistic exams for COVID-19 on Saturday, and one other on Sunday.

Not one of the circumstances to date have concerned gamers, though one was Sylvain Bruneau, who coaches Canadian girls’s world quantity 7 Bianca Andreescu.

Tennis Australia stated the 2 affected flights arrived from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, carrying 24 and 23 gamers respectively.

Everybody on board was thought-about a detailed contact and ordered to not depart their resort rooms for the 14-day obligatory quarantine interval.

Different gamers who landed in Australia are additionally endeavor a compulsory 14-day quarantine however can depart their resorts for 5 hours a day to coach.

The Australian Open begins on February 8.

Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open, advised 9 Information Community on Sunday that the yr’s first Grand Slam will go forward as scheduled and that Tennis Australia, the governing physique, would have a look at altering the leadup tournaments to assist the affected gamers.

“We’re reviewing the schedule main in to see what we are able to do to help these gamers,” Tiley stated.

“Clearly it isn’t what we wished to occur. That’s the reason we took the mitigating measures, however we’re on this state of affairs, we’ve to take care of it … The Australian Open goes forward and we’ll proceed to do the very best we probably can do to make sure these gamers have the very best alternative.”

‘I might have stayed residence’

A number of gamers, together with Sorana Cirstea of Romania, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan, took to social media to complain about not having the ability to prepare, with some claiming they weren’t advised a couple of arduous lockdown if one individual examined optimistic.

Cirstea, the ladies’s world quantity 71, tweeted: “If they might have advised us this rule earlier than, I might not play in Australia. I might have stayed residence. They advised us we’d fly at 20 per cent capability, in sections, and we might be a detailed contact provided that my staff or cohort exams optimistic.”

Bencic stated she and the opposite 46 gamers had been at an obstacle.

“We aren’t complaining (about being) in quarantine. We’re complaining due to unequal observe/enjoying circumstances earlier than fairly vital tournaments,” she stated on social media.

Tiley admitted it was arduous, however stated the gamers had been warned there can be a “important danger” of restrictions being imposed on gamers if there have been optimistic COVID-19 circumstances.

“We did make it very clear to start with,” Tiley stated. “Now we’ve to handle an atmosphere over the following 14 days for many who gained’t have the ability to observe.

“It’s a tricky state of affairs. We’ve received to do no matter we are able to to make it as honest as doable for these gamers which might be in lockdown.”

Rafael Nadal arrives at Adelaide Airport forward of the Australian Open in Australia, January 14, 2021 [AAP Image/Morgan Sette via Reuters]

Some gamers have already breached the strict quarantine guidelines by opening their doorways.

Victoria state COVID-19 quarantine commissioner Emma Cassar warned that they confronted fines of as much as 20,000 Australian {dollars} (US$15,300) and chronic offenders risked being despatched to a different resort with a police officer stationed exterior their door.

She cited one participant “who opened his door to try to have a dialog together with his coaching mate down the hallway”, whereas one other purchased takeaway meals for buddies on the identical flooring “and was praising his nice efforts and opened his door to take action”.

“It’s actually low-level however actually harmful acts which we simply can’t tolerate,” Cassar stated.

The Australian Open had already been hit by the withdrawal of injured Roger Federer, whereas world quantity 16 Madison Keys and three-time main winner Andy Murray each examined optimistic for the virus earlier than departure so didn’t board their flights to Australia.

Whereas most gamers touched down in Melbourne, superstars together with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka flew into Adelaide.

South Australia well being officers “confirmed that there isn’t any one who has an lively COVID-19 an infection in all the tennis cohort based mostly in Adelaide”, the Australian Open stated on Twitter. “Testing will proceed every day.”

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