Andreescu coach says he tested positive on Australian Open's Abu Dhabi flight

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Bianca Andreescu of Canada speaks to her coach Sylvain Bruneau. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada speaks to her coach Sylvain Bruneau. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Sylvain Bruneau, the coach of 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, said Saturday he tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving for the Australian Open, a result which sent 23 players into a two-week hotel lockdown.

In all, 47 players have been barred from practising in Melbourne after it was revealed that passengers on two charter flights - one from Abu Dhabi and one from Los Angeles - tested positive.

READ | Disarray as 47 players affected after positive tests on Australian Open planes

"I am deeply sorry to share that I have just tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival after travelling from Abu Dhabi," Bruneau wrote in a media statement.

"I am extremely saddened and sorry for the consequences now on everyone's shoulders sharing my flight.

"The rest of my team is negative and I sincerely hope that any further disruption is kept to a minimum."

Bruneau said that he had tested negative within 72 hours of the flight's departure from the Gulf and "felt perfectly fine when I boarded."

He insisted he had followed all the protocols while in the Middle East.

"I have no idea how I might have contracted this virus."

The 47 players will not now be allowed out to practise and train for the five hours each day agreed to as part of their build-up to the opening major of the year, Tennis Australia said.

The Australian Open is due to start on February 8 after being moved from its usual January slot.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 13371 votes
Cricket
12% - 4071 votes
Football
19% - 6154 votes
Athletics
3% - 847 votes
Boxing
1% - 325 votes
Cycling
2% - 774 votes
Golf
5% - 1667 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2790 votes
Tennis
4% - 1161 votes
Water sports
1% - 302 votes
American sports
1% - 409 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 1108 votes
Vote