Nearly 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) from Melbourne, the qualifying match has been accomplished for the Australian Open, with 16 males and 16 girls set to be a part of the singles fundamental draw starting Feb. 8.
The qualifiers be a part of the group of gamers who’ll start arriving Thursday on 15 constitution flight and instantly go right into a 14-day quarantine below strict rules in Australia for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the protocols, all gamers had to to return a unfavorable check earlier than boarding their flights to Australia, and could be subjected to additional testing on arrival and isolation till the outcomes are acquired.
But there’s already been an exception, with American participant Tennys Sandgren reportedly allowed on one of many Australia-bound flights regardless of not too long ago testing optimistic for coronavirus.
Sandgren examined optimistic to COVID-19 on Monday, after initially testing optimistic in late November, and was initially barred from the flight containing worldwide gamers out of Los Angeles.
However, he was then allowed to be a part of the delayed flight. He posted on social media to say he wasn’t contagious.
“My two tests were less than 8 weeks apart. I was sick in November, totally healthy now,” the No. 50-ranked Sandgren tweeted. “There’s not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point. Totally recovered!”
A quarterfinalist at Melbourne Park in 2018 and 2020, Sandgren was supported by Tennis Australia, who reportedly mentioned they adopted Victorian state authorities pointers in permitting him on to the flight.
“Some people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who are non-infectious can continue to shed the virus for several months,” Tennis Australia mentioned, in accordance to Australian Associated Press. “Victorian Government public health experts assess each case based on additional detailed medical records to ensure they are not infectious before checking into the charter flights.”
The season’s first main has already been delayed by three weeks due to restrictions in place for the pandemic, and the boys’s and girls’s qualifying tournaments — in Doha, Qatar and in Dubai — had been held outdoors of Australia for the primary time.
The girls qualifiers embrace two-time Australian Open and Roland Garros doubles champion Timea Babos of Hungary and British participant Francesca Jones, who has a uncommon genetic situation.
Jones has ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia, which suggests she was born with three fingers and a thumb on every hand, three toes on her proper foot and 4 toes on her left.
On the boys’s facet, the qualifiers embrace 17-year-old ATP newcomer of the yr, Carlos Alcaraz of Spain.
Six girls and 6 males may also journey to Australia as fortunate losers and endure obligatory quarantine like the remainder of the worldwide gamers, hoping to get a spot in the principle draw as cowl for accidents or withdrawals. There are 104 direct entries based mostly on rankings for the boys’s and girls’s singles fundamental draw, plus wild-card entries and the qualifiers.
The 15 flights will probably be at not more than 25% capability, and can arrive over a 36-hour interval ending early Saturday.
Once a unfavorable outcome has been returned, gamers can practice inside a strictly supervised setting for five-hours per day, and gamers and their groups will probably be examined each day throughout quarantine.
The Australian Open draw will probably be held on Feb. 4, 4 days forward of the beginning of the principle match, which ends Feb. 21 with the boys’s singles remaining.
Novak Djokovic is the defending males’s champion and Sofia Kenin is the ladies’s defending champion.
Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will probably be amongst a gaggle of gamers concerned in an exhibition occasion in Adelaide, South Australia state, on Jan. 29. All different tournaments will probably be in Melbourne, together with the 12-team ATP Cup beginning Feb. 1 and two WTA occasions within the week main into the Australian Open.