File photo of Tennys Sandgren(REUTERS)
File photo of Tennys Sandgren(REUTERS)

Sandgren allowed to board Australian Open flight despite positive test

Sandgren said on Twitter he had tested positive in November and returned another positive test on Monday and might not be able to board the flight, one of 15 carrying players and coaching staff to the first Grand Slam of the year.
Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 12:34 PM IST

Tennys Sandgren was granted special permission to board a chartered flight from Los Angeles bound for the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday despite testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week, Tennis Australia said.

Sandgren said on Twitter he had tested positive in November and returned another positive test on Monday and might not be able to board the flight, one of 15 carrying players and coaching staff to the first Grand Slam of the year.

However, he was able to board the flight with the help of Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.

"Wow I'm on the plane," he said.

"Craig Tiley is a wizard."

The world number 50, a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park last year and in 2018, later tweeted: "My two tests were less than 8 weeks apart. I was sick in November, totally healthy now.

"There's not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point."

A spokesperson for COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria said it was common among people who had previously tested positive to "shed viral fragments for some time - which can trigger another positive result".

Tennis Australia said in a statement the decision to allow Sandgren to fly had been made after a review by medical officials.

"In the case of Tennys Sandgren, who has self-disclosed that he previously tested positive in late November, his medical file had to be reviewed by Victorian health authorities," it said.

"Upon completion of that review, he was cleared to fly."

Tennis Australia said any athlete who has recovered from COVID-19 must undergo a similar health review and earn "special clearance" from the authorities before travelling to Australia.

Some 1,200 players and coaching staff are set to begin arriving from Thursday for the Feb. 8-21 tournament, which was delayed by three weeks.

Victoria state, once the country's COVID-19 hotspot, has said it will impose the strongest protocols seen at any tennis tournament for those flying in.

Players and staff must isolate for two weeks before they can take part in warmup events at Melbourne Park.

Tennis Australia said players would undergo a more rigorous testing schedule ahead of the Australian Open than most returning travellers.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.
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