Over the next couple of days more flights from six destinations will head to Melbourne on chartered flights put on by Tennis Australia.
Flights are operating on around 25% capacity and aim to bring about 1300 players and their teams of two to Melbourne Park to begin their two week isolation.
Unfortunately one player who will not be heading to Melbourne Park on these flights is five time former finalist Andy Murray.
The Brit will now isolate at home and it is unknown whether he will be able to travel to Australia to compete in the Australian Open. If Andy were allowed to travel at a later date it is possible he would have to sort his own transport out as international flights are currently banned going into Australia.
The organisers haven’t said much but have this to say:
“Andy Murray has advised that he has tested positive to COVID-19 and is isolating at home in the UK.”
“Unfortunately this means he will be unable to join the official AO charter flights arriving in Australia in the coming day to go through the quarantine period with the other players.”
“The AO fans love Andy, and we know how much he loves competing here in Melbourne and how hard he’d worked for this opportunity”
That is the sad thing how hard he has been working since surgery and the results he has had to propel him back up the rankings but it is looking like his place at this years Australian Open is in serious doubt.
News has come out of one player testing positive for COVID-19 but allowed to travel.
Tennys Sandgren who made the quarter finals last year has travelled despite testing positive on Monday.
The American tweeted to call Australian Open tournament director and Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley “a wizard” after getting him in the plane at the final minutes before take off but how?
Tenny’s tested positive for COVID-19 in November and part of flying to Australia meant that players needed a negative test 72 hours before travel which he didn’t produce testing positive on Monday.
As he has had COVID-19 before he has been made exempt from having to withdraw from travel as a Victorian government spokesperson has mentioned fragments which will still show but should not be transmittable.
The Victorian Government’s spokesperson has said:
“Every person arriving from overseas to participate in the Australian Open is required to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test 72 hours before departing,”
“For people who have previously tested positive and have since recovered, it is common to shed viral fragments for some time – which can trigger another positive result.
“Any person who returns a positive test result has their medical and case history reviewed by a team of public health experts. Only those who are determined to be recovered and no longer infectious will be allowed to travel to Australia.”
If Murray could travel to Melbourne he would still have to isolate and would not be allowed to participate in any warm-up events.
A place at the Australian Open hasn’t been ruled out but is incredibly unlikely and he like Roger Federer could begin his season in Rotterdam.