Belgian tennis player Alison Van Uytvanck said on Sunday she had tested positive for COVID-19 after playing at the Australian Open. She was knocked out of the singles by Chinese qualifier Wang Qiang on Wednesday then partnered Denmark’s Clara Tauson to a three-set loss in the opening round of the women’s doubles a day later. Tauson played Danielle Collins in the singles on Saturday. Collins is due to play the fourth round match on Monday against Elise Martens. Tennis Australia is due to respond to questions about the health protocols regarding Collins.
“My exit test in Melbourne to go back to Belgium came back positive,” she said on Instagram.
“I’m isolating and following all of the requirements. I have very mild symptoms and looking forward to being back stronger.”
It was the third confirmed case of a player testing positive for Coronavirus at the year’s first grand slam. Frenchman Ugo Humbert was the first known infection revealed on Wednesday he also tested positive on his exit test. Meanwhile Australian Bernard Tomic tested positive after his defeat in the qualifying stage.
It subsequently emerged that testing players at the grand slam was ‘optional’, prompting men’s third seed Alexander Zverev to say he feared ‘“quite a few player” were infected. However, the organisres have described their COVID-19 protocols as being “really successful”.
Official attendees at the Melbourne Park, such as tournament staff, are provided with rapid antigen tests each day and must be negative to remain on site.
Players are given kit too but it is only mandatory to test if they have symptoms and it’s up to them to declare if they are positive.