Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley disputes players’ positive tests

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley disputes players’ positive tests

The Australian Open boss has slapped down claims that two players have tested positive for COVID-19, contradicting a chief health officer.

A media release from Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton on Tuesday afternoon revealed three of the state’s four new cases in hotel quarantine were linked to the tennis tournament and two of the positive tests were players.

“The new cases are one female in their 20s and two males in their 30s, all associated with the Australian Open, and one female aged in their 30s who is a returned traveller,” the media release read.

“The new positive cases linked to the Australian Open involve two players and one non-playing participant.

“That takes the total cases associated with the tournament to seven. Two cases were reclassified due to evidence of previous infection.”

The Department of Health and Human Services said the two confirmed cases of viral shedding did not change the hard lockdown provisions for players, coaches and other officials on the affected flights.

Camera IconTennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said no players had tested positive. Credit: Supplied

“As yet, none of the three affected flights have been cleared as a result of the two reclassified cases,” the statement said.

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