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US tennis player boards plane to Australian Open despite positive Covid-19 test

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Tennis player Tennys Sandgren has boarded a plane to the Australian Open in Melbourne in despite saying he tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

(CNN)Tennis player Tennys Sandgren has boarded a plane to the Australian Open in Melbourne despite saying he tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

The American, a quarterfinalist at last year's tournament, had been ill and tested positive for the virus in November but returned another positive test earlier this week while feeling "totally healthy. "

In a series of posts on Twitter, Sandgren initially conceded that he may not be able to fly to the first tennis grand slam of the year but later wrote: "Wow I'm on the plane.

In a post retweeted by Tiley, the Australian Open said Sandgren had been cleared to fly by the relative health authorities.

"In the case of Tennys Sandgren, who has self-disclosed that he previously tested positive in late November, his medical file had to be reviewed by Victorian health authorities.

Upon completion of that review he was cleared to fly," read the statement.

Lisa Neville, Australia's Minister for Police and Emergency Services, confirmed on Twitter that Sandgren's positive result had been reviewed by health experts and "determined to be viral shedding from a previous infection, so was given the all clear to fly. "

"No one who is Covid positive for the first time -- or could still be infectious -- will be allowed in for the Aus Open," she wrote.

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.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals who test positive but don't have any symptoms can stop isolating 10 days after the first positive test -- as long as they have not subsequently developed symptoms.

Over 1,000 players and coaches have started arriving for this year's event, which has already been delayed by three weeks.

Those playing in this year's Australian Open must complete a two-week quarantine upon landing in the country.

Tournament organizers said players would also "undergo a more rigorous testing schedule than most returning travelers. "

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