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Tennys Sandgren on a plane to Australia despite a positive Covid-19 test

US tennis player Tennys Sandgren tested positive to COVID-19 on the LA airport when wanting to depart to the Australian Open in Melbourne. 

Most of us would assume that following a positive test, he would be not allowed to enter Australia, as the country follows a strict elimination strategy of corona. This assumption might be right for non-celebrities, but it seems that the Australian border force makes an exemption for tennis players. After some back and forth, Tennys was allowed to board the plane.

The Australian state of Victoria granted Tennys a permit as he had already been ill with COVID-19 in November. He is considered recovered and no longer contagious despite the renewed positive test.

With the Australian Open to start on February 8, the tennis players will be flown into the country on charter flights from around the world. Upon arrival, they will have to enter a two-week quarantine. During this time, they are allowed to leave their hotel room for training and treatments for a maximum of five hours a day and are regularly tested for corona infection.

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