A huge damper for Botic van de Zandschulp. The 25-year-old tennis player will be at the Australian Open in three weeks for his debut at a grandslam tournament, but first he has to spend two weeks in quarantine at his Melbourne hotel room.
The 25-year-old tennis player from Veenendaal was on a flight from Doha to Melbourne on Friday with a person who tested positive for corona on arrival. And so he is one of the 72 tennis players who must remain in strict isolation. The 72 players were divided over three planes to Melbourne. It turned out there were passengers who later tested positive.
Robin Haase was luckier. The Hagenaar also caught a flight from Doha to Melbourne, only two hours earlier. Haase is allowed to train for the first time on Monday. The tennis players who were not on a coronav flight are allowed to train five hours a day, but also have to kill the time in their hotel room.
Van de Zandschulp placed himself in Doha through the qualifications for the main tournament of the Australian Open. Haase stranded in the last of three rounds, but as a lucky loser still has a real chance to participate in the singles. Haase plays in the doubles anyway.