Australian Open statement regarding COVID-19 tests

  • Tennis Australia

23:55 AEDT, 17 January

One positive COVID-19 test has been returned from a passenger on a charter flight into Melbourne from Doha which arrived at 5.30am on 16 January.

The passenger is not a member of the playing contingent and had tested negative before the flight.

There were 58 passengers on the flight, including 25 players. All are already in quarantine hotels.

The 25 players on the flight will not be able to leave their hotel room for 14 days and until they are medically cleared. They will not be eligible to practise.

20:15 AEDT, 16 January

One positive COVID-19 test has been returned from a passenger on a charter flight into Melbourne from Abu Dhabi in the past 24 hours. 

There were 64 people on the flight, including 23 players.

All passengers from the flight are already in quarantine hotels and the positive case, who is not a player and had tested negative before the flight, has been transferred to a health hotel.

The 23 players on the flight will not be able to leave their hotel room for 14 days and until they are medically cleared. They will not be eligible to practise.

17:37 AEDT, 16 January

Two positive COVID-19 tests were returned from one of the charter flights into Melbourne in the past 24 hours. 

There were 79 people on the flight, including 67 passengers, of which 24 are players.

The two positive tests have been returned by a member of the flight crew and a passenger who is not a player, who returned a negative test within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight.

All passengers from the flight are already in quarantine hotels and the two positive cases transferred to a health hotel.

The 24 players on the flight will not be able to leave their hotels rooms for 14 days and until they are medically cleared. They will not be eligible to practise.

Craig Tiley, Australian Open Tournament Director:

“We are communicating with everyone on this flight, and particularly the playing group whose conditions have now changed, to ensure their needs are being catered to as much as possible, and that they are fully appraised of the situation.

“Our thoughts are with the two people who tested positive on the flight and we wish them well for their recovery.”