Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has declared “we’ll proceed as regular” after a participant who had travelled to Australia to compete examined optimistic after departing Australia.
Greek tennis participant Michalis Pervolarakis, who competed together with the world’s high male gamers within the ATP Cup earlier this month, has revealed he has examined optimistic for COVID-19, a day after leaving Australia for South Africa.
Pervolarakis, who has a profession excessive singles rating of 409, examined adverse for the virus on Monday earlier than flying out on Tuesday – the identical day an individual contaminated with coronavirus labored at a Brunetti cafe in Terminal 4, which led to Victoria’s newest lockdown.
Pervolarakis didn’t fly out of Terminal 4 and was not on the airport in the course of the publicity occasions listed for the Brunetti cafe.
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He took to Instagram to disclose information of his optimistic check, earlier than later noting a nurse informed him he seemingly contracted it in Doha en path to South Africa. He examined optimistic after spending a day in Johannesburg.
“Simply to make clear few issues… received examined adverse in Melbourne earlier than leaving and the nurse stated that I most certainly received it on the aircraft or on my cease in Doha,” he wrote.
Tennis Australia CEO Tiley stated the event had been involved with well being authorities, however anticipated to “proceed on as regular” underneath the strict biosecurity guidelines already in place.
Tiley informed 9: “The excellent news for us is that he examined adverse after which left earlier than he examined optimistic. There’s been a good bit of journey time and he’s travelling to a lot of the hotspots of the world (Doha then South Africa), and the possibility of getting contaminated in these hotspots is pretty excessive.”
“The preliminary recommendation that we’ve seen is that crucial factor is that he examined adverse after which left the nation,” he added.
“We’ll proceed on as regular…We’ll undergo the conventional procedures that we usually do and take the recommendation from well being. If well being need us to have extra folks examined then we’ll try this as nicely, however there’s been no indication of that.”
Pervolarakis’ final match was Friday February 5 throughout Greece’s ATP Cup tie with Spain.
The 24-year-old performed ATP Cup doubles alongside Stefanos Tsitsipas, who’s into the Australian Open’s final 16, and singles in opposition to Australia’s John Millman and Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain.
Earlier, Pervolarakis posted to disclose he’d examined optimistic.
“After a 24-plus hour journey day from Australia to South Africa I’ve been recognized optimistic to COVID-19,” he wrote.
“I’m fully asymptomatic for the time being and must quarantine in an isolation facility in Potchefstroom.
“I’m not an individual that complains, however I really feel that I want to precise my disappointment with the circumstances we’re in.
“We’re in a tiny room with no TV or AC (it’s round 30 levels Celcius). We now have a shared kitchen (only for sizzling water) and a shared lavatory and showers. On high of it, we now have been knowledgeable that we have to pay round 140 euro a day for lodging, meals and medical care (checking blood strain and temperature). I really feel that the circumstances we’re in are unacceptable and the governing authorities ought to do one thing about that.”
Pervolarakis then shared a video displaying his tiny residing quarters.
The Australian Open has endured important disruption over COVID-19, and began three weeks late to permit worldwide gamers to quarantine, throughout which they had been examined for 15 consecutive days.
Gamers had been additionally examined every week in the past after one other COVID-19 scare. All gamers who left Australia additionally needed to check adverse earlier than departure.
On Saturday, followers had been barred and gamers went right into a biosecure “bubble” as Victoria state’s six million residents started a snap, five-day lockdown to curb an outbreak at an airport resort.
— with AFP