More than 500 tennis players and officials in Melbourne will have to isolate and get tested after a worker at a hotel they use tested positive for COVID-19. Daniel Andrews, Victoria state's premier, called a late-night news conference on Wednesday to make the announcement and advised anyone with symptoms to get tested!
Andrews also said that any players, coaches or officials who quarantined at the Melbourne Grand Hyatt hotel are deemed to be casual contacts of the 26-year-old infected man and are required to isolate until they have returned a negative test.
The hotel advertises it has 550 rooms, including 25 premium suites, with potentially hundreds of people involved. Thus, Melbourne will see no action on Thursday, with the organizers working hard to keep everything under control and continue with tennis as soon as possible.
Positive coronavirus case puts Melbourne action on hold.
The Australian Open is scheduled to start on Monday, with up to 30,000 spectators expected at Melbourne Park every day under strict guidelines, which allow for up to 50 percent capacity.
The infected worker tested negative on his last day at the hotel on January 29 but subsequently tested positive and has been working with government and health officials on contact tracing. Thursday should have brought the decisive ATP Cup ties, with Serbia against Germany and Spain versus Greece.
The Great Ocean Road Open and the Murray River Open should have staged the last 16 encounters, with Jannik Sinner, Karen Khachanov, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov and Felix Auger-Aliassime seeking the quarter-final spots.
Serena Williams, Garbine Muguruza, Sofia Kenin, Ashleigh Barty, Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka were set to play at three WTA tournaments. "There is a number of about 500, 600 people who are players and officials and others who are casual contacts.
They will be isolating until they get a negative test and that work will be done tomorrow," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said. "Health Authorities have advised us that a Hotel Quarantine worker has tested positive for COVID-19.
Those associated with the AO who quarantined at the hotel now need to be tested and isolate until they receive a negative test result," Australian Open organizers stated.