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Chaos hits Australian Open with dozens of competitors confined to hotel rooms

  • 70 players in quarantine after plane passenger tests positive
  • Sloane Stephens and Heather Watson among those isolating

Tennis players landing in Melbourne for the Australian Open have expressed frustration after around 70 of them were placed in strict 14-day quarantine, unable to leave their hotel rooms for practice.

On Sunday a charter flight carrying players from a qualifying event in Doha reported a positive Covid test, the third plane to fall foul of Australia’s rules along with flights from Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles. Of around 370 tennis players transported to Australia over the past week in 17 chartered flights, an estimated 72 are now confined entirely to their Melbourne hotel rooms.

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