Two tennis players belonging to the Australian Open have tested positive for the coronavirus. Thats what the health authorities in the state of Victoria reported on Tuesday.
This brings the number of people involved in this years first grandslam tournament that tested positive after three flights that were also found to be infected, to seven.
With the three new infections – also a non-player involved in the tournament tested positive – comes the total number of positive cases with regard to the tennis tournament to start on February 8 at nine. In two cases it was old infections. Because there were people with Covid-19 on three aircraft that also brought tennis players and escorts to Australia, 72 tennis players from those same flights were forced to stay in their hotel room for two weeks.
“ Prison with Wi-Fi”
The new positive cases concern a woman in her 20s and two men in her 30s, according to the authorities. It is again bad news for the organizers of the tournament, which has already been moved by three weeks because of the coronapandemic.
Of the tennis players who are not allowed to leave their hotel room because of the infestations in their flight, no one has been allowed to train. A number of them have already complained that there has never been a threat of a hard lockdown. Theyre worried about their fitness.
Spanish tennis player Roberto Bautista Agut compared the forced quarantine with “a prison with wifi” and called the measures a “complete disaster.” But according to the organization, most players suffer their fate. Tennis players who have come to Australia with planes without infected persons are allowed to train under strict conditions.