The Australian Open has again been rocked by COVID-19, with Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa becoming the first player to test positive for the virus while in hotel quarantine.
The 23-year-old confirmed the news in a post on social media, revealing she was diagnosed on the seventh day of her hard quarantine in Melbourne.
“I have some bad news. Today I received a positive COVID-19 test result,” Badosa posted.
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“I’m feeling unwell and have some symptoms, but I’ll try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors.
“I’ve been taken to a health hotel to self-isolate and be monitored. Thanks for your support. We’ll be back stronger.”
— Paula Badosa (@paulabadosa) January 21, 2021
The World Number 67 was among 72 players who were placed into a strict lockdown after being on the same flight as someone who had tested to coronavirus positive upon arrival.
The Australian Open is scheduled to begin on February 8 at Melbourne Park.