The nervousness grows at times among the Australian authorities for a positive fifth arrived in the country. After the three cases known yesterday on the flights of tennis players from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, two more positives have been known this Sunday. In total there are 72 players isolated less than two weeks after starting the tour of the antipodes.
The fourth would be an Australian Channel 9 journalist who arrived on the same flight from Los Angeles where a flight attendant and Edward Elliot, Lauren Davis’ coach, were infected. The same chain has been the one that has announced the situation during one of its news programs. The organization no longer knows what to do as it has been verified this Sunday by canceling all the training sessions that were to take place at Melbourne Park. And the fifth comes from another Doha flight with Qatar Airways, QR7485, in which, by the way, Carlos Alcaraz, his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero and Mario Vilella were traveling.
As has learned, both Alcaraz, Ferrero, and Vilella tested negative in their respective PCR tests upon arrival in Melbourne. In fact, the positive is not any player. In the aircraft were the 16 tennis players who had passed the preliminary phase of the men’s team of the Australian Open, to add the ‘lucky losers’ such as Hugo Dellien and some last-minute repechage such as the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka. As in yesterday’s session, Craig Tiley kept a zoom with all those affected to explain the steps to follow.
Emma Cassar, responsible for the COVID-19 situation in the state of Victoria, also reported that two people related to the tennis bubble had tried to violate their period of isolation and had been warned about this with the expulsion from the country, in addition to having to pay a fine of 20,000 Australian dollars (12,744 euros).