Tennys Sandgren forced early clarification of COVID-19 rules when the first of 15 charter flights flew down under to deliver players for the Australian Open

The two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist received special clearance for one of the flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne, despite having tested positive for COVID-19 again in November and on Monday

The first of around 1200 players, coaches, henchmen and officials should land in Australia on Thursday

According to tournament protocols agreed with the Australian government agencies, all players were required to return a negative test before boarding their flights to Australia and were further tested on arrival and daily during a 14-day quarantine period

The American gamer posted on social media that he was not contagious and was allowed to join a delayed flight

“My two tests were less than 8 weeks apart. I was sick in November and now totally healthy,” Sandgren tweeted. “There’s not a single documented case of being contagious at this point where I was completely recovered!”

The Australian newspaper published an online story titled “US Tennis Ace Triggers Open Virus Concerns”

Tennis Australia issued a statement on Thursday stating that players who previously tested positive for COVID-19 “must provide additional and very detailed medical information to prove it is a recovered case and not more infectious or a risk to the community “

Tennis Australia added: “In the case of Tennys Sandgren, who himself announced that he previously tested positive in late November, his medical record had to be reviewed by the Victorian [state government] health authorities after that review was completed Fly released “

The Australian Open has already been delayed by three weeks due to restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic The opening is scheduled for February 8

On Wednesday, almost 12000 kilometers from Melbourne, the qualifying tournament for the tournament has been completed 16 men and 16 women took part in the main draw for the individual

Due to Australian restrictions, the qualifiers for men and women – in Doha, Qatar and Dubai – took place outside of Australia for the first time

The female qualifiers include the two-time Australian Open and the Hungarian double champion Rolea Garros, Timea Babos, and the British player Francesca Jones, who has a rare genetic disease

Jones has ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia, which means she was born with three fingers and one thumb on each hand, three toes on the right foot, and four toes on the left

In the men’s category, the 17-year-old ATP newcomer of the year, Carlos Alcaraz from Spain, is among the qualifiers

Six women and six men will also travel to Australia as lucky losers and, like the other international players, will be quarantined in hopes of winning a spot in the main draw as cover for injuries or withdrawals. There are 104 direct entries based on ranking lists for the main draw for men and women as well as wildcard entries and the qualification

The 15 flights have a capacity of no more than 25% and will arrive over a period of 36 hours ending early Saturday

Once a negative result is returned, players can train for five hours a day in a tightly monitored environment The players and their teams are tested every day during the quarantine

The Australian Open draw will take place on February 4, four days before the start of the main tournament, which will end on February 21 with the men’s final

Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will be part of a group of players who will be released on Jan. Participation in an exhibition event in Adelaide, South Australia on January 29th All other tournaments will take place in Melbourne, including the 12-team ATP Cup from February 1 and two WTA events in the week leading up to the Australian Open

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