A hotel worker at a player hotel in Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19 requiring all play to be cancelled for Thursday.
The employee worked at the Grand Hyatt, one of the three player hotels in use in Melbourne. And now under the strict Australian policies, 500-600 players and officials must test negative before returning to play.
Over 60 matches were scheduled for Thursday including play from Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic’s match against Dominic Thiem. Those will have to be moved along with end times for those six events or the start time of the Australian Open, which is slated for Monday.
Players and officials at the Hyatt will get tested and if cleared tennis is expected to resume on Friday. However, if more positive results emerge, the Australian summer of tennis and the Australian Open could be in jeopardy.
The Australian Open draw is also scheduled to be made Thursday in Melbourne.
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