Tennis Australia’s management has confirmed the fifth positive on the flight from Doha to Melbourne last Saturday in which Carlos Alcaraz, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Mario Vilella, among others, were traveling. The plane was made up of the 16 players who had passed the previous one, the ‘lucky losers’, such as Hugo Dellien, and some last-minute repechage for casualties, such as the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka.
The statement highlights that the infected person is not a tennis player nor is he part of the teams. Similarly, it is specified that 25 professionals will have to remain isolated for the next 14 days. The number of affected tennis players grows to 72 and is distributed as follows 24 from Los Angeles on flight QR7493, 23 who came from Abu Dhabi EY8004, and another 25 who took their plane in Doha on QR7485.In the last hours, a new positive has emerged on the Dubai SQ8032 flight, according to open court, and the number of isolated professionals could approach 100.
It would not be a tennis player, but they have already had to pass the second test in Melbourne players such as Sara Errani, Tsvetana Pironkova, Lesia Tsurenko, Greet Minnen, Francesca Jones, Rebecca Marino, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Chloe Paquet, and Whitney Osuigwe, among others. All of them belong to the preliminary phase held in the Emirates. Three members of the Armada, isolated among the players who must remain in quarantine, are the Spaniards Paula Badosa, Carlos Alcaraz, and Mario Vilella, as well as Juan Carlos Ferrero, Alcaraz’s coach and Javier Martí, Badosa’s coach.