Tennis-Sandgren allowed to board Australian Open flight despite positive test
Posted: 2021-01-14 04:01:03    (see more from

MELBOURNE — Tennys Sandgren was allowed to board a chartered flight from Los Angeles bound for the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday despite recently testing positive for COVID-19, the American tennis player said on social media.

Sandgren, a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park last year and in 2018, said on Twitter that after testing positive in November he had returned another positive test on Monday and might not be able to board his flight.

“Covid positive over thanksgiving Covid positive on monday,” he tweeted, adding later that he might be able to fly on Thursday instead.

However, he then said he was able to board the flight on Wednesday, which is carrying other players and coaching staff to the first Grand Slam of the year, with the help of Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.

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

“Wow I’m on the plane.

“Craig Tiley is a wizard.”

Australian media reported the Los Angeles flight had returned to the gate after taking off. It was not clear whether Sandgren was on the plane when it took off.

He later tweeted that he was “totally healthy.”