Between 500 and 600 players, officials and staff at the Australian Open will go into self-isolation after a positive coronavirus case was identified at one of the event’s quarantine hotels. Thursday’s matches at the Australian Open warm-up event at Melbourne Park have been cancelled as a result.
“Health Authorities have advised us that a Hotel Quarantine worker has tested positive for COVID-19.” a statement from the organisers read. “Those associated with the AO [Australian Open] who quarantined at the hotel now need to be tested and isolate until they receive a negative test result.”
“We will work with everyone involved to facilitate testing as quickly as possible.” the statement added. “There will be no matches at Melbourne Park on Thursday 4 February 2021. An update on the schedule for Friday will be announced later today.”
“At this stage, there is no impact to the tournament proper,” he said. “I must say, that is important to us but the issues we are most focussed on are much broader and that is about public health and public safety and that is why we have really pounced on this very quickly.”