Australian Open Plane was taking players to Australia
The COVID-19 cases linked to the Australian Open are mounting up and the tournament hasn’t even begun yet.
After three positives were announced on the flights taking players to Australia from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, two more have emgerged on Sunday.
A total of 72 players are now having to self-isolate, with the tournament proper less than two weeks away.
The fifth case was a passenger on a flight from Doha to Australia which was carrying a number of players from the qualifying event in Qatar, including Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.
Training at Melbourne Park has been suspended and there is talk of a players’ boycott of the tournament.
It has also been confirmed that two people within the tennis bubble attempted to break their self-isolation period and were threatened with a hefty fine and deportation.