Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa has announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first Australian Open player to identify himself as a positive case.
The 23-year-old has been insulating in a Melbourne hotel under the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule after arriving on a chartered tournament flight from Abu Dhabi in which two co-passengers also tested positive.
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Badosa announced on social media on Thursday that she was feeling unwell and had been taken to another “health hotel” to recover.
The world number 67 wrote on Twitter: “I have bad news. Today I received a positive result from the Covid-19 test.
“I feel bad and I have some symptoms, but I will try to recover as soon as possible by listening to the doctors.
“I was taken to a health hotel to be isolated and monitored. Thank you for your support. We will come back stronger. Paula “.
Badosa is the first female player on the tournament roster to have a confirmed positive test, the latest setback in preparation for the first grand slam of the year in Melbourne.
Paula Badosa had complained about the conditions
A series of infections detected by Australian authorities have forced dozens of players to confine themselves to their hotel rooms for two weeks.
Last week, more than 1,000 players and staff arrived in Australia, largely free of coronavirus, on 17 charter planes, with the first cases detected on those flights.
Several previously announced positive cases have been reclassified as non-infectious.
But the entire contingent spends 14 days in hotel quarantine, with players not considered close contacts of positive cases being able to train outside for up to five hours a day in a biosafety bubble.
Conditions have been requested complaints from several tennis stars, including Badosa.
“In the beginning, the rule was the positive section of the plane that had to quarantine this person. Not the whole plane, ”he wrote in a deleted tweet since then last weekend.
“It’s not fair to change the rules at the last minute. And having to stay in a room without windows or air.
He has very little time to recover and be fit for the Australian Open after hoping to make it the starting point for another rise in the rankings in 2021.
Badosa had finished in 2020 making great strides, reaching the round of 16 of the French Open and achieving a professional ranking.
She has to compete in her third Australian Open as she reached the second round last year before being eliminated by Petra Kvitova.
Paula Badosa went straight from the Abu Dhabi tournament in Australia, still caught coronavirus along the way and tested positive on the 7th. The forty days of 14 days are there for a reason.
– Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) January 21, 2021
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