BREAKING: Maria Sakkari among 47 Australian Open players forced to quarantine in Melbourne

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Maria Sakkari is one of 47 players participating in the Australian Open that will be forced to quarantine for 14 days, following a person on a second Australian Open charter flight testing positive to COVID-19 on arrival.

Ukrainian player Marta Kostyuk was on board the flight and shared the news with her Instagram followers. it is also understood Bianca Andreescu, Angelique Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ons Jabeur, Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari were on board.

This means a total of 47 players are reportedly in hard quarantine and will not be able to leave their hotel rooms for 14 days, along with two passengers returning COVID-19 positive tests on an earlier charter flight from Los Angeles.

All passengers on the flight were already in quarantine hotels and the positive case was transferred to one of Melbourne’s health hotels.

Confirming the news Australian Open boss Craig Tiley said: “We are communicating with everyone on this flight, and particularly the playing group, whose conditions have now changed, to ensure their needs are being catered to as much as possible and that they are fully appraised of the situation.

“Our thoughts are with the two people who tested positive on the flight and we wish them well for their recovery.”

All players affected will be unable to undergo training before the commencement of the tournament.

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