As many as 24 tennis players participating in the Australian Open must be in full quarantine in their Melbourne hotel rooms for fourteen days and are not allowed out for 5 hours a day to train. They were on a plane containing two people who were infected with the corona virus.
According to Australian media, the Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka, the American Sloane Stephens and the Japanese Kei Nishikori among the victims are among the victims. The flight was from Los Angeles.
The passengers who tested positive were presumably a crew member and a coach. They have been transferred to a separate hotel for infected people. “All other 66 passengers have been identified as close contacts. Players and coaches are not allowed to leave their quarantine to attend training sessions,” said a statement from the Australian Open’s special corona authority.
Due to the corona pandemic, the first grand slam of this year starts three weeks later than planned, namely February 8. Players must first be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival in Melbourne, but are allowed to leave their room for 5 hours a day to prepare for the tournament.