Published: Thu, January 14, 2021
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Test positive for virus rules Madison Keys out of 2021 Australian Open

Test positive for virus rules Madison Keys out of 2021 Australian Open

Tennis Australia said players would undergo a more rigorous testing schedule ahead of the Australian Open than most returning travellers.

The first of about 1,200 players, coaches, entourage and officials were set to land Thursday in Australia.

Tennis Australia said players were only allowed into Australia with proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure, or with approval as a recovered case at the discretion of the Australian government.

This year's Australian Open tournament was pushed back by three weeks, with a delayed start date of February 8 due to the pandemic.

Sandgren later tweeted to clarify: "My two tests were less than (eight) weeks (apart). I was sick in November, totally healthy now", his tweet read. "There's not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point".

It comes as three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has tested positive for Covid-19, just days before he was due to fly to Melbourne.

Any players or official that tests positive will be moved to a dedicated hotel away from the rest of the travelling contingent.

"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.

"I'd like to thank the Brandplus team of Bharat Godkhindi, Kay Godkhindi and Sagari Godkhindi and all their staff for organising women's qualifying in Dubai, and to the Doha team of Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Karim Alami and the Qatar Tennis Federation who have led the charge to help us stage the men's event".

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.

The first players arrive in Melbourne on Thursday night, while mega-stars including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem are on a separate charter that will fly direct to Adelaide.

They will then complete a two-week period of quarantine, during which they are allowed out of their rooms to practise for five hours a day.

Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will be among a group of players involved in an exhibition event in Adelaide, South Australia state, on January 29.

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