Forty-seven tennis players are not off to a good start in Melbourne, as they’ll have to isolate in their hotel rooms for 14 days because some people on their charter flights from Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles have tested positive for COVID-19. This will greatly impact the players’ preparation for the Australian Open, as they won’t be able to practice on court.
Upon landing in Melbourne, a total of three people from two flights tested positive and even though none of the players have coronavirus they will not be allowed to leave their hotel rooms for a fortnight — 23 players from one flight and 24 from the other. The players that are affected include Bianca Andreescu, Angelique Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ons Jabeur, Marta Kostyuk, Belinda Bencic, and Maria Sakkari.
A person on the Abu Dhabi flight that flew to Melbourne on Thursday & arrived on Friday has tested positive for Covid-19. Some players on that flight include Andreescu, Kerber, Kuznetsova, Jabeur, Kostyuk, Bencic, Sakkari…
They must aquarantine in their hotel rooms for 14 days pic.twitter.com/sk0f7DMxEk
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) January 16, 2021
Alize Cornet thinks that these strict protocols are insane (later she deleted this statement from Twitter because of too many hate comments):
Soon, half of the players from the Australian Open will actually have to isolate. Weeks and weeks of practice and hard work going to waste for one person positive to COVID in a 3/4 empty plane. Sorry but this is insane.
The 2021 Australian Open starts on February 8th.