US tennis player Tennys Sandgren flying to Australian Open despite positive Covid test. Tennys Sandgren who is well known US player in tennis world going to participate in Australian open despite positive Covid test.
Sandgren, on thursday tweeted that he would not be able to board the flight for the Australian Open, writing “Covid positive over thanksgiving” and “Covid positive on Monday”.
Afterwards, Sandgren, a quarter-finalist at the lat year’s open, added it could able to baord the chartered flight before lauding the Tennis Australia chief executive, Craig Tiley, as “Wizard”.
He tweeted “Wow I’m on the plane. Maybe I just held my breath too long,”.
He cleared afterwards that his positive test was in November and he was now “totally recovered”. “I was sick in November, totally healthy now. There is none documented case where I would be contagious at this point.”
He also said that Victorian health authorities had given Sandgren the all-clear to fly. The tweet from official tournament’s twitter said people who had recovered and were “non-infectious can continue to shed the virus for several months”.
According to Australian Open, “Victorian government public health experts review each case based on detailed medical records to ensure they are not infectious before checking in to the charter flights”.
Again they said that “Players and their teams are tested every day from their arrival in Australia, a much stricter process than for anyone else in hotel quarantine.”
Authorities and the tournament organisers have previously said those who come to Australia for the grand slam must record a negative test before departing their country on chartered flights. Tennis Australia has been contacted for comment.
Victorian spokesperson for Covid-19 Quarantine said it was normal among people who had tested positive and then recovered to “shed viral fragments for some time”, which could “trigger another positive result”.
He said further that “Any person who returns a positive test result has their medical and case history scrutinfied by a team of public health experts,” the spokesperson said. “Only those who are determined to be recovered and no longer infectious will be allowed to travel to Australia.”
The government unit reviewed Sandgren’s positive test and confirmed he had recovered but was still shedding viral particles. He was then cleared to travel.