Australian Open news, Tennys Sandgren allowed onto flight despite testing positive


Controversial US tennis star Tennys Sandgren has been allowed onto a plane destined for the Australian Open despite testing positive for COVID-19.

The world No.50 tweeted up a storm this afternoon when he was allowed onto a plane at LAX, amid some confusion, despite testing positive to the virus.

“Covid positive over thanksgiving, Covid positive on Monday Yet (sic) pcr tests are the “gold standard?” he tweeted.

“Wait hold on I think they are trying to get me on 15 min after the plane was supposed to depart.. my bags still aren’t checked lol.

“Wow I’m on the plane,” he continued in a follow-up tweet.

“Maybe I just held my breath too long.. Craig Tiley is a wizard.”

Reports soon emerged, however, that the plane had been turned around on the tarmac before take-off.

“Heard from several passengers on board now that the #AusOpen flight leaving from LAX has been forced to returned to its gate,” veteran tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg tweeted.

The Australian Open issued a statement amid the unfolding chaos reiterating that some people can test positive to the virus months after first contracting it, without remaining infectious.

“Some people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who are non-infectious can continue to shed the virus for several months,” the statement said.

“Vic government public health experts assess each case based on additional detailed medical records to ensure they are not infectious before checking in to the charter flights.

“Players and their teams are tested every day from their arrival in Australia, a much stricter process than for anyone else in hotel quarantine.”

It was not clear whether Sandgren was still on the plane when it took off for a second time.

Australian Open organisers have chartered 15 flights, with around 1200 players, support staff and tennis officials arriving in Australia from today.




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