The number of participants in the Australian Open, starting on February 8, which must be two weeks in full quarantine without permission to train five hours daily, has grown to 47 tennis players. Corona infestations were reported on flights from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi to Melbourne. Before the start of the Australian Open there are also two preparation tournaments in the city.
More than sixty tennis players, coaches and officials were quarantined after a flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne due to two positive coronas upon arrival. It was supposed to be a coach and a flight attendant.
Due to the mandatory quarantine, the Japanese Kei Nishikori and two-time winner Victoria Azarenka will not be able to train for the next two weeks. The American Sloane Stephens must also stay inside for the time being. She won the US Open in 2017.
Marcelo Arévalo from El Salvador was also aboard the aircraft. The 30-year-old Arévalo is the double partner of the Dutchman Matwé Middelkoop. Middelkoop itself arrived in Australia a few days ago after a hectic period.
Upon arrival in Melbourne, all tennis players must be quarantined for two weeks at the hotels selected by the organisation. Every day they are allowed to go to the tennis park for five hours a day to work out.
The players who were fleeing from Los Angeles were placed in other hotels. Theyre not allowed to go outside to train.
Later in the day it became known that even on the run from Abu Dhabi with tennis players corona had broken out. In total, 23 players of that trip must be quarantined.