Tennis star flying from Covid-infested America where 4,000 people are dying a day is allowed to fly to Australia for the Open – despite testing positive just 48 hours ago
- Tennis star Tennys Sandgren has been allowed to board a plane to Australia
- The American ace had tested positive for coronavirus just 48 hours earlier
- He is set to play in the Australian Open scheduled to begin on Febraury 8
- The 29-year-old copped a serve online but is sure he’s no longer contagious
By Levi Parsons For Daily Mail Australia
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American tennis ace Tennys Sandgren has been allowed to board a flight to Australia ahead of the Melbourne Grand Slam, despite testing positive for coronavirus on Monday.
Over 4000 people a day are dying from the virus in the US but the world number 50 posted to Twitter he’s ‘on the plane’ and headed for the Australian Open which gets underway February 8.
Sandgren made it to the quarter finals of the tournament in 2020 but after contracting Covid on November 25, it appeared the power hitter would likely miss this year’s competition.
The US has been hit harder by the Covid pandemic than any other nation in the world with close to 400,000 deaths and a record 300,000 infections reported in a single day last week.
American tennis ace Tennys Sandgren (pictured with partner Britt Mchenry) has been allowed to board a flight to Australia ahead of the Melbourne Grand Slam, despite testing positive for coronavirus on Monday
The world number 50 (pictured) posted to Twitter he’s ‘on the plane’ and headed for the Australian Open which gets underway February 8.
The 29-year-old tweeted that he was still testing positive for the virus up until 48 hours ago.
‘Covid positive over Thanksgiving. Covid positive on Monday. Yet PCR tests are the ‘gold standard’? he posted to social media on Thursday.
‘At least I get to keep my [ranking] points (laugh emoji)’.
Sandgren told followers he wasn’t sure if he could get on the flight and that the plane leaving LAX was being held for him.
‘Wait hold on I think they are trying to get me on 15 minutes after the plane was supposed to depart… my bags still aren’t checked lol,’ he tweeted.
‘Wow I’m on the plane. Maybe I just held my breath too long. Craig Tiley is a wizard,’ he added referring to the Tennis Australia CEO.
Pictured: Tennys Sandgren wears a face mask as he waits for the coins toss before a match at the Internazionali BNL D’Italia tourament in September
The 29-year-old (pictured) tweeted that he was still testing positive for the virus up until 48 hours ago
Sandgren copped a serve online from some Twitter users accusing him of putting other’s health at risk by boarding the plane but he quickly fired back
Sandgren copped a serve online from some Twitter users accusing him of putting other’s health at risk by boarding the plane.
‘A lot couch virologists out there,’ he posted.
‘My two tests were less than eight weeks a part. I was sick in November, totally healthy now.
‘There’s not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point. Totally recovered!’
A Tennis Australia spokesperson said some people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who are non-infectious can continue to shed the virus for several months.
Pictured: Sandgren celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles third round match against Sam Querrey at the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020
Up to 1,200 players and support staff are expected to arrive in Melbourne from Thursday for the summer tournament. Pictured: A quarantine hotel where the players and staff will undergo quarantine
Staff gear up for the arrival of tennis players at the View hotel on St Kilda Road, Melbourne
‘Victorian Government public health experts assess each case based on additional detailed medical records to ensure they are not infectious before checking in to the charter flights,’ Tennis Australia said.
‘Players and their teams are tested every day from their arrival in Australia; a much stricter process than for anyone else in hotel quarantine.’
Up to 1,200 players and support staff are expected to arrive in Melbourne from Thursday for the summer tournament.
Australian Open organisers have chartered 15 flights to bring those involved to the multi-million dollar event with everyone set to undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine ahead of the Grand Slam.
The players will be staying at the The Grand Hyatt, the View on St Kilda Road and the Pullman in Albert Park – and allowed outside to train for five hours a day once they test negative.
‘Players and their teams are tested every day from their arrival in Australia; a much stricter process than for anyone else in hotel quarantine,’ Tennis Australia said. Pictured: a security worker looks out at the View Hotel in Melbourne
Quarantine Staff and protective service officers wearing a mask are seen in the lobby of The Pullman Hotel in Albert Park ahead of the arrival of tennis players