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Australian Open tennis player Paula Badosa tests positive for COVID-19

The plot thickens for the upcoming Australian Open tennis tournament. Spanish world no. 67 Paula Badosa has tested positive for COVID-19.

Embroiled in consternation from the beginning, the drama of the 2021 Australian Open tennis tournament has taken yet another turn. Spanish player, Paula Badosa has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a tweet she published earlier today, she said, “Today I received a positive COVID-19 test. I’m feeling unwell and have some symptoms, but I’ll try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors.”

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The 23-year-old had previously complained about the fact she needed to go into quarantine. She wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “At the beginning the rule was the positive section of the plane who was with that person had to quarantine. Not the whole plane.”

At least on that score, she’s far from alone.

The top men’s player in the world Novak Djokovic has copped some heat over suggesting players in hard quarantine should be moved to “private houses with tennis courts“.

He has since qualified the comments, stating that “My good intentions for my fellow competitors in Melbourne has been misconstrued as being selfish, difficult, and ungrateful. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

The Australian Open will begin on February 8.