Tennis stars in hotel quarantine were expected to be released today after spending 14 days in isolation, but not all will get their taste of freedom as soon as they thought.
Hotel Quarantine Victoria revealed late this afternoon there would be a staggered approach in releasing players - with those in a hard lockdown after arriving on flights with a positive case told they must stay in their rooms an extra day.
World No. 50 Tennys Sandgren took to social media to air his fury.
"I just found out we're not going to be able to leave the room 'til midnight which will put us at close to 15 days in this room," he said.
"It's also another day we can't practice.
"That's play Saturday, Sunday, Monday and play a match Tuesday - a match, a competitive tennis match.
"After 16 days off we get three days hitting and then a tennis match," he vented on Instagram.
The American mocked Tennis Australia and said fellow players in hard quarantine started their isolation on "day zero" - not day one as per normal quarantine rules.
Premier Daniel Andrews said he understood quarantine was difficult, but it was necessary for anyone entering the state from overseas.
"The system has worked no different to the way it works for everyone else, particularly those who've been deemed close contacts by virtue of the flights they were on."
More than 960 competitors and their support staff have been isolating for the past fortnight.
Players and officials will be released room by room and only after final health checks.
In total, there have been nine COVID infections, leading to the hard lockdown of 72 people.
CQV in a statement said the departure of staff and players would last over the weekend.
"Australian Open quarantine residents are expected to depart this evening, with further residents to depart on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"Departure dates and numbers may be subject to change," the statement read.
"Australian Open residents must have returned a negative test result and be non-symptomatic prior to exiting mandatory quarantine.
"Australian Open residents identified as close contacts must have returned a negative test result and have received a medical clearance prior to exiting mandatory quarantine.
"Australian Open residents who tested positive must remain in isolation until they receive a medical clearance to exit."
The tournament will kick off on February 8.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/tennis-start-furious-quarantine-extended-in-melbourne/262da9ff-e13b-4873-bc76-ea377191e018