Players in lockdown after two cases on Aus Open charter flight

The Australian Open has again been rocked by COVID-19, after it was revealed two people on board a special chartered flight into Melbourne tested positive.

An email, which has been leaked online, has reportedly been sent to all players on board the flight which touched down in Melbourne from Los Angeles on Friday.

Mexican player Santiago Gonzalez shared a screenshot of the email to his followers on Instagram.


The message said all players who were on the plane would no longer be allowed to leave their hotel rooms to train.

“Unfortunately we have been informed by the health authorities that two people on your flight from LAX that arrived at 5:15am on Friday 15 January have returned positive COVID-19 PCR tests on arrival to Melbourne,” the email said.

“The Chief Health Officer has reviewed the flight and has determined that everyone on board needs to isolate and will be confined to their rooms for the 14-day quarantine period.”

Tennis Australia continued by writing “We know this is not how you imagined your preparations for the AO would start but our entire team is here to support and do everything we can to get your through this.

“You will soon be contacted by our medical experts Aspen Medcal if you haven’t been already. They are available 24/7 to support you with all your medical, mental health or wellbeing concerns.

“The most important thing you need to know right now is you are not alone in this and we are here to provide you any extra support you need.”

It comes just days after tennis star Andy Murray revealed he had tested positive for the virus, with his return to the Australian Open now in doubt.

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