Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has responded to news that an ATP Cup player tested positive for COVID-19.
Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has responded to news that an ATP Cup player – Greece’s Michail Pervolarakis – tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after leaving Australia.
Pervolarakis travelled from Australia to South Africa via the Middle East and has since tested positive for coronavirus. He featured with Open superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas during the ATP Cup at Melbourne Park.
Tiley said that all available information had been provided to Victorian health authorities, with the Open already in lockdown due to community transmissions of COVID-19.
“We were notified by him of that and we now leave it up to the health authorities. We provided them with all the information yesterday,” Tiley said on Nine.
“While there’s a link in the fact he left here, on the ninth, five days ago, it’s going to be really up to the advice of the health authorities, like we’ve done every single day. We just provide them the information and then they provide advice and make decisions.
“The good news for us is he tested [negative] and then left, before he tested positive. There’s a fair bit of time and travel time; and of course, he’s travelling to most of the hot spots of the world and the chances of becoming infected in those hot spots is fairly high.
“We’ll leave all that information for the health authorities and just continue on until we get any advice from them, if we get any at all.
“Tiley said that there had been no positive tests within the playing group at the Open. The tournament director played down the Tsitsipas link.
“The medical advice that we’ve seen is the most important thing is that he tested negative and then left the country,” Tiley said.
“I’m not going to be a medical expert on this but there’s a lot of science around the timing of when you test negative and that will be looked at by the health authorities.”
Tiley said that the tournament would continue with its ongoing testing practices, rather than players like Tsitsipas now being specifically tested.