Four more test positive as controversy slams Australian Open players

Sports | REUTERS 19 Jan 2021

More tennis players were forced into hard quarantine ahead of the Australian Open with four additional participants, including an athlete, testing positive for Covid-19 among those arriving in Melbourne.

Victoria state has now reported nine infections on Australian Open charter flights for the February 8-21 event.

Passengers on three charter flights were sent into hard quarantine, including over 70 players who will be unable to train for 14 days ahead of the year's first Grand Slam.

Many Australians have questioned the decision to host the tournament with organizers flying in 1,200 players and their entourages when thousands of citizens are stranded overseas due to the pandemic.

Novak Djokovic is the latest to stir up controversy, having reportedly written to Tennis Australia asking for quarantine restrictions be eased for playerstion and having players moved to "private houses with tennis courts" so they could train.

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