American tennis star allowed to board flight to Australia for the Open – despite positive Covid test

American tennis ace Tennys Sandgren has been allowed to board a flight to Australia ahead of the Melbourne Grand Slam, despite testing positive for coronavirus on Monday.

The world number 42 said on Twitter he is ‘on the plane’ headed for the Australian Open which gets underway February 8. 

Sandgren made it to the second round of the tournament 2020 but after contracting Covid on November 25, it appeared the power hitter would likely miss this year’s tournament.

The 29-year-old tweeted that he was still testing positive for the virus up until 72 hours ago.  

‘Covid positive over Thanksgiving. Covid positive on Monday. Yet PCR tests are the ‘gold standard’? he posted to social media on Thursday.

‘Atleast I get to keep my [ranking] points (laugh emoji)’.  

Sandgren told his followers he wasn’t sure if he could get on and that the plane from LAX was being held for him. 

‘Wait hold on I think they are trying to get me on 15 minutes after the plane was supposed to depart.. my bags still aren’t checked lol,’ he tweeted.

‘Wow I’m on the plane. Maybe I just held my breath too long. Craig Tiley is a wizard,’ he added referring to the Tennis Australia CEO. 

More to come. 

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