An employee of the Hyatt Hotel, the most renowned of the three hotels where participants underwent the two-week quarantine, tested positive for COVID-19. The already official news is that of the cancellation of all matches scheduled in Melbourne Park for Thursday.
The six preparation tournaments currently underway, the two ATP 250s, the three WTA 500s and the ATP Cup, will restart on Friday. Melbourne Grand Hyatt hotel are deemed to be casual contacts of the 26-year-old infected man and are required to isolate until they have returned a negative test.
As for the hotel staff members who came into contact with the positive, they were not so lucky: these are considered primary close contacts, which means that they will have to isolate themselves for two weeks, the same goes for those who have had close encounters.
with this person in the last days. The employee or hotel employee completed her last shift on January 29th, testing a negative swab on the same day The hotel advertises it has 550 rooms, including 25 premium suites, with potentially hundreds of people involved.
Thus, Melbourne will see no action on Thursday, with the organizers working hard to keep everything under control and continue with tennis as soon as possible. The Australian Open is scheduled to start on Monday, with up to 30,000 spectators expected at Melbourne Park every day under strict guidelines, which allow for up to 50 percent capacity.
The infected worker tested negative on his last day at the hotel on January 29 but subsequently tested positive and has been working with government and health officials on contact tracing. Thursday should have brought the decisive ATP Cup ties, with Serbia against Germany and Spain versus Greece.
The Great Ocean Road Open and the Murray River Open should have staged the last 16 encounters, with Jannik Sinner, Karen Khachanov, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov and Felix Auger-Aliassime seeking the quarter-final spots.
Serena Williams, Garbine Muguruza, Sofia Kenin, Ashleigh Barty, Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka were set to play at three WTA tournaments. "There is a number of about 500, 600 people who are players and officials and others who are casual contacts.
They will be isolating until they get a negative test and that work will be done tomorrow," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said. "Health Authorities have advised us that a Hotel Quarantine worker has tested positive for COVID-19.
Those associated with the AO who quarantined at the hotel now need to be tested and isolate until they receive a negative test result," Australian Open organizers stated.