Madison Keys tests positive for COVID-19, to miss Australian Open

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 14, 2021

Earlier, on the same day, news broke that five-time Australian Open finalist and former world no.

Players and officials must spend 14 days in quarantine once they arrive in Australia.

Murray is not the only player to suffer a COVID blow with women's world number 16 Madison Keys pulling out after testing positive for COVID-19.

"I'm very disappointed to not be able to play in the coming weeks after training hard in the off-season and knowing Tennis Australia and the tours did so much to make these events happen", Keys wrote on Twitter, while also announcing her positive test.

"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.

Sandgren sent out a series of tweets before his departure from Los Angeles, initially saying he tested positive on Monday and would miss his flight.

Murray and his team are working closely with tournament director Craig Tiley to try to come up with an acceptable solution, which would allow him to take part in the year's opening Grand Slam.

John Isner has become the second top 30 male player to withdraw from the 2021 Australian Open.

"My two tests were less than eight weeks apart. Upon completion of that review he was cleared to fly". "I was sick in November, totally healthy now", Sandgren tweeted.

Six women and six men will also travel to Australia as lucky losers and undergo mandatory quarantine like the rest of the global players, hoping to get a place in the main draw as cover for injuries or withdrawals.

Organisers Tennis Australia were not immediately available to comment.

"Any recovered case must go through this process in order to have an opportunity to travel here for the Australian Open", Tennis Australia said in a statement.

Under tournament protocols agreed with Australian government authorities, all players had to return a negative test before boarding their flights to Australia and would be subjected to further testing on arrival and daily during a 14-day period of quarantine.

The first Grand Slam of the year is scheduled to be played from February 8-21.

From Thursday evening, around 1200 players, officials, and support staff will land in Melbourne on 15 charter flights.

They will have to stay in their hotel rooms for 19 hours a day, allowed out only to practice and train for five hours in strict bio-secure bubbles.

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