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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday January 13, 2020

Tennys Sandgren

Tennys Sandgren was permitted to fly to Australia after Tennis Australia reviewed his positive Covid-19 test result on Wednesday.

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Tennys Sandgren was ready to roll out to the Australian Open this week. Then, suddenly, he wasn’t. Then he held his breath. And now he’s taken off.

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The American World No.50 revealed via his Twitter on Wednesday that he’d tested positive for Covid-19. At that point he was wondering whether he’d be granted permission to fly at all. Sandgren, a two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist, said that he’d tested positive over Thanksgiving and again on Monday. It's a bit complicated, so let's let Sandgren tell you what happened.

Here are his tweets on the situation.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley evidently played a role in getting things straightened out so that Sandgren could fly to Melbourne. But that left the tennis community confused. Was he positive or not? Naturally, knowing of the Australian Open’s strict stance on keeping the virus out of Melbourne and all of Australia, we expected them to be a little less willing to bend.

To their credit, they were quick to explain their reasoning. 

I can’t speak for any of my readers, but this one is going to take a bit more research on my part (PCR tests? Recovered cases?) The goal would be to know what the odds are that Sandgren in contagious. He claims zero, and obviously Tennis Australia believes the same, or they wouldn’t let him board the plane. He’s not Roger Federer after all, he’s the guy that failed to convert seven match points against him last year.

Stay tuned.


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