Spanish tennis player says she tested positive for COVID-19

A Spanish tennis player who is in Melbourne for the Australian Open says she tested positive for COVID-19

Paula Badosa, a 23-year-old who reached the fourth round at last year's French Open, wrote Thursday on Twitter that she received her test result for the illness caused by the coronavirus on the seventh day of her hard quarantine.

Tennis Australia has refused to identify those dozens of players, but several have posted on social media about being in the hard quarantine.

There were 17 tournament charter flights that arrived in Australia over three days last week. Players and their entourages then needed to go through a mandatory 14-day quarantine ahead of the tournament.

Main-draw play is supposed to begin Feb. 8 at Melbourne Park. As it is, that is a three-week delay to the start of the hard-court major championship because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Badosa was on a flight carrying players and others to Melbourne from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

She is ranked 67th in singles and lost in the second round of the 2020 Australian Open last January. Her career-best Grand Slam singles showing came in October at Roland Garros.

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