Tennys Sandgren was allowed to board a chartered flight from Los Angeles sure for the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday regardless of lately testing constructive for COVID-19, the American tennis participant mentioned on social media.
Sandgren, a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park final 12 months and in 2018, mentioned on Twitter that after testing constructive in November he had returned one other constructive check on Monday and may not be capable to board his flight.
“Covid positive over thanksgiving Covid positive on monday,” he tweeted, including later that he would possibly be capable to fly on Thursday as an alternative.
However, he then mentioned he was in a position to board the flight on Wednesday, which is carrying different gamers and training employees to the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months, with the assistance of Australian Open match director Craig Tiley.
“Wait hold on I think they are trying to get me on 15 min after the plane was supposed to depart.. my bags still aren’t checked lol,” he wrote.
“Wow I’m on the airplane.
“Craig Tiley is a wizard.”
Australian media reported the Los Angeles flight had returned to the gate after taking off. It was not clear whether or not Sandgren was on the airplane when it took off.
He later tweeted that he was “totally healthy”.
“My two tests were less than 8 weeks apart. I was sick in November, totally healthy now,” he mentioned.
“There’s not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point.”
Australian Open organisers Tennis Australia mentioned in an announcement that “some individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and who’re non-infectious can proceed to shed the virus for a number of months.
“Vic (Victoria state) authorities public well being specialists assess every case based mostly on extra detailed medical information to make sure they aren’t infectious earlier than checking in to the constitution flights.
“Players and their groups are examined daily from their arrival in Australia, a a lot stricter course of than for anybody else in resort quarantine.”
Some 1,200 gamers and training employees are set to start arriving from Thursday for the Feb. 8-21 match, which was delayed by three weeks.
Victoria state, as soon as the nation’s COVID-19 hotspot, has mentioned it can impose the strongest protocols seen at any tennis match for these arriving on 15 chartered flights.
Players and employees should isolate for 2 weeks earlier than they will participate in warmup occasions at Melbourne Park.