Coach reveals he was positive COVID-19 case on Abu Dhabi flight

Bianca Andreescu's coach says he was the positive coronavirus case aboard the flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne.

Forty-seven players across two flights were forced into hard quarantine for two weeks from Saturday after two of the Australian Open charter flights carrying players to Melbourne had COVID-19 positive cases. Twenty-three of those players were on the flight from Abu Dhabi.

Sylvain Bruneau has released a statement saying he had followed all protocols and procedures, including producing a negative test within 72 hours before the flight departure and has "no idea how I might have contracted the virus".

"I am extremely saddened and sorry for the consequences now on everyone's shoulders sharing my flight. The rest of my team is negative and I sincerely hope that any further disruption is kept to a minimum," he said.

The other flight, from Los Angeles to Melbourne, had two positive cases on board – a crew member, and an Australian Open participant who is not a player. As a result, 24 players were sent into hard quarantine.


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