The Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) asked its Australian counterpart on Thursday to solve the situation of two of its tennis players confined to their hotels in Melbourne after traveling by plane, in which cases of covid-19 were detected.
(minor) are confined in a room without being able to leave for 14 days when they have both performed multiple PCRs that have been negative," the RFET said in a statement.
The Federation recalls that the tennis players were warned of their possible exclusion from the Australian Open in case of testing positive for coronavirus.
But, "they were not informed about the possibility that they would
be severely confined if they traveled in the same plane with a passenger who tested positive
, without taking into account the physical proximity of the players affected with that positive," says the note from the RFET.
Season in danger
The Federation believes that both
"will not be able to compete on equal terms with the rest of the players" in the Australian Open
, if they continue with a strict confinement.
"And it is no longer only a strictly competitive problem of this first Grand Slam. The point is that his season could be seriously affected by a 14-day confinement," added the RFET.
For this reason, the RFET asked "Tennis Australia to try to solve the problem of the most affected tennis players; Mario Vilella and Carlos Alcaraz, Spanish players who are directly under our scope of action".
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To organize the first Grand Slam despite the pandemic (February 7-21), Tennis Australia and the health authorities of the state of Victoria have applied a very strict health protocol with a 14-day quarantine for all participants.
are allowed to go out five hours a day to train as long as they have not tested positive for COVID
or have been in contact with one.
However, among the thousand of people who arrived on charters last weekend, a dozen positive cases were detected, which has led to the strict quarantine of 72 tennis players, without authorization to leave.
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