MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Spain’s Paula Badosa has not been provided with training equipment to help her prepare for the Australian Open due to security concerns, but talks are underway to find a way to get it, health officials said on Tuesday.
Badosa was the first player to reveal that she had tested positive for Covid-19 in quarantine in Melbourne ahead of the Grand Slam tennis tournament and was transferred to a “health hotel” last Thursday to start an additional two weeks of locking.
The 23-year-old on Monday described her long period of quarantine as the “worst experience” of her career, adding that she suffered from anxiety and claustrophobia.
The world number 67 complained that she was not given any workout equipment and limited herself to doing sit-ups and using water bottles to weight up in a windowless room she shares with his trainer Javier Marti.
“Our priority is to support the health and well-being of those in our care and reduce the risk of transmission to protect staff and the safety of the community,” said a spokesperson for Covid-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV).
“We support the delivery of exercise equipment where possible and safe from a health and IPAC (infection prevention and control) perspective.
“CQV is in talks with Tennis Australia about suitable equipment that can be delivered to positive and symptomatic residents, as the equipment cannot be reused and should be safely destroyed.”
The Grand Slam, which has been delayed for three weeks due to disruption caused by the pandemic, will run from February 8 to 21.
Badosa arrived in Melbourne after playing in Abu Dhabi earlier this month and was in her seventh day of quarantine when her test came back positive.
The Spanish player said if it was confirmed that she had the most transmissible variant of the coronavirus first detected in the UK, she would not be released until February 5, when it would be “impossible” to prepare to play.
“I feel abandoned because I don’t have the training material that I requested five days ago, I haven’t been told what type of virus I have, I haven’t had any information of the tournament, ”she told Spanish newspaper Marca. On Monday.
Badosa, who said she suffers from anxiety and claustrophobia, limited herself to doing sit-ups in her hotel room and using water bottles as weights to try to stay in shape.
The 23-year-old added that the room, which she shares with coach Javier Marti, was not suitable for an elite athlete.
Seventy-two players were confined to hotel rooms for two weeks after passengers on three charter flights taking them to Australia tested positive.
The CQV said earlier that there were no further positive tests among the 970 members of the Australian Open contingent to report on Tuesday, leaving only the nine cases already confirmed.
Kazakhstan’s world number 28 Yulia Putintseva last week complained that she had trouble sleeping in her hotel room due to rodents scurrying around.