Two gamers have been withdrawn from Australian Open qualifying match in Doha, Qatar and put into resort quarantine after returning constructive exams for COVID-19.
American Denis Kudla, seeded No. Four within the qualifying occasion which is being held outdoors of Australia for the primary time, was withdrawn following a 6-Four, 6-Three first-round win over Elliot Benchetrit of Morocco on Monday. Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-Four earlier than he was withdrawn.
Tennis Australia confirmed in a press release there’d been two constructive exams on the match and each males had been transferred to a government-run medi-hotel, the place strict quarantine procedures have been in place.
“Native well being authorities, the match doctor and medical workforce are monitoring every particular person. Contact tracing is at present underway to inform shut contacts,” the assertion stated.
The withdrawals imply Australian wildcard entry Dane Sweeny and Mario Vilella Martinez of Spain get walkovers into the third spherical of qualifying.
Australian media reported that match officers have been made conscious of Kudla’s constructive take a look at whereas the American was main 5-Three within the second set, however deliberate to attend till the regulation change of ends following the next recreation to inform each gamers.
Kudla broke serve to win the match, which means each he and Benchetrit have been out of the match. If there hadn’t been a break of serve at the moment, the match would have been stopped after the ninth recreation of the second set and No. 221-ranked Benchetrit would have superior to the subsequent spherical.
Australian Open organizers stated all gamers who began within the qualifying match had returned a minimum of one unfavorable take a look at after arriving into Doha, the place they have been examined on arrival and remoted till they returned a unfavorable outcome.
The gamers and their groups are additionally being examined each 4 days in the course of the occasion and, if there is a constructive case, Qatari well being authorities should inform the match in writing.
The Australian Open has already been delayed by three weeks and is now scheduled to start out Feb. eight due to journey restrictions and quarantine preparations in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.
All gamers arriving in Australia can be examined on arrival and should isolate till they obtain a unfavorable take a look at outcome. Then they’re going to be required to endure a compulsory 14-day resort quarantine which can contain day by day testing for the coronavirus.
The season-opening main is normally held within the final two weeks of January to coincide with the top of the vacations within the southern summer season.
Gamers will begin arriving in Australia later this week. An exhibition occasion that includes Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal can be performed as an once-off curtain raiser in Adelaide, South Australia state, on Jan. 29.
A 12-team ATP Cup is among the many two males’s tournaments and two girls’s tournaments that can be staged at Melbourne Park from Feb. 1-6 for gamers to organize for the Australian Open.