Tennys Sandgren pressured an early clarification of the COVID-19 guidelines as the primary of 15 constitution flights started flying Down Underneath to ship gamers for the Australian Open.
The 2-time Australian Open quarterfinalist was given a particular clearance to board one of many flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne despite testing constructive to COVID-19 in November and once more on Monday.
The primary of about 1,200 gamers, coaches, entourage and officers have been set to land Thursday in Australia.
Underneath event protocols agreed with Australian authorities authorities, all gamers had to to return a detrimental check earlier than boarding their flights to Australia and could be subjected to additional testing on arrival and each day throughout a 14-day interval of quarantine.
The No. 50-ranked Sandgren obtained an exemption after Australian well being officers assessed his case historical past.
The American participant posted on social media to say he wasn’t contagious and was allowed to be a part of a delayed flight.
“My two assessments have been lower than 8 weeks aside. I used to be sick in November, completely wholesome now,” Sandgren tweeted. “There’s not a single documented case the place I might be contagious at this level. Completely recovered!”
The Australian newspaper printed a web-based story headlined “US tennis ace sparks Aus Open virus fear.
Tennis Australia moved to make clear the scenario in an announcement Thursday that outlined gamers who’ve beforehand examined constructive to COVID-19 have been “required to present extra and extremely detailed medical info as proof they’re a recovered case and now not infectious or a threat to the neighborhood.”
Tennis Australia added: “Within the case of Tennys Sandgren, who has self-disclosed that he beforehand examined constructive in late November, his medical file had to be reviewed by Victorian (state authorities) well being authorities. Upon completion of that evaluate he was cleared to fly.”
The Australian Open has already been delayed three weeks as a result of restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, and is about to open on Feb. 8.
On Wednesday, practically 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) from Melbourne, the qualifying event was accomplished for the event, with 16 males and 16 ladies set to be a part of the singles important draw.
The season’s first main has already been delayed by three weeks due to restrictions in place for the pandemic, and the lads’s and girls’s qualifying tournaments — in Doha, Qatar and in Dubai — have been held exterior of Australia for the primary time.
The ladies qualifiers embrace two-time Australian Open and Roland Garros doubles champion Timea Babos of Hungary and British participant Francesca Jones, who has a uncommon genetic situation.
Jones has ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia, which suggests she was born with three fingers and a thumb on every hand, three toes on her proper foot and 4 toes on her left.
On the lads’s aspect, the qualifiers embrace 17-year-old ATP newcomer of the 12 months, Carlos Alcaraz of Spain.
Six ladies and 6 males can even journey to Australia as fortunate losers and bear obligatory quarantine like the remainder of the worldwide gamers, hoping to get a spot in the primary draw as cowl for accidents or withdrawals. There are 104 direct entries primarily based on rankings for the lads’s and girls’s singles important draw, plus wild-card entries and the qualifiers.
The 15 flights might be at not more than 25% capability, and can arrive over a 36-hour interval ending early Saturday.
As soon as a detrimental result has been returned, gamers can prepare inside a strictly supervised atmosphere for five-hours per day, and gamers and their groups might be examined each day throughout quarantine.
The Australian Open draw might be held on Feb. 4, 4 days forward of the beginning of the primary event, which ends Feb. 21 with the lads’s singles closing.
Novak Djokovic is the defending males’s champion and Sofia Kenin is the ladies’s defending champion.
Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams might be amongst a bunch of gamers concerned in an exhibition occasion in Adelaide, South Australia state, on Jan. 29. All different tournaments might be in Melbourne, together with the 12-team ATP Cup beginning Feb. 1 and two WTA occasions within the week main into the Australian Open.