A few hours ago, the presence of two people infected with the COVID-19 virus was confirmed on the direct flight from Los Angeles, United States, to Melbourne, Australia. This means that all players on the plane will now have to spend 14 days in solitary confinement in their hotel room, unable to carry out the training program.
Unfortunately, the same thing also happened on another plane: it is the EY8004 direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, on which a positive person was found in Australia. Also in this case, the 64 passengers (including 23 players, especially from the WTA circuit) will be subjected to the same treatment, having now to spend two weeks in quarantine without being able to move.
Among the people on board, many tennis players who will take part in the first Major event of the year: Bianca Andreescu, Angelique Kerber, Paula Badosa, Marta Kostyuk, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Belinda Bencic, Elena Rybakina, Ons Jabeur and Maria Sakkari, among many others.
Australian Open: positive cases on direct flights to Melbourne
The Australian Open kicks off in a few weeks In short, a really negative start to 2021, not only for the tennis players in question but also for the entire tennis world: the first Grand Slam of the year risks starting with the absence of very important players in excellent shape, without considering the possibility that the same thing will also happen in the future, for the next tournaments.
After all, the ATP and WTA Tours are trying to faithfully follow their calendar (which has already suffered delays and cancellations) in the midst of a global pandemic, responsible last year for the total stop from competitions between March and March.
August. The Australian Open, in particular, will begin on February 8th and will be defended by Novak Djokovic and the American Sofia Kenin, a finalist in 2020 also at Roland Garros in Paris. To date, 2 million people have died worldwide from the virus, while cases of contagion have exceeded 90 million.
The return of the Swiss Roger Federer has been postponed to a later date: the former ATP number one would have to travel with his family, who in Melbourne would not have had the opportunity to leave the hotel room. The first Grand Slam of the new tennis season is approaching: finally fans, media and insideres will be able to admire the greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, who will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February.
It will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season. It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.