Paula Badosa Gibert becomes the first player to test positive for Coronavirus at Australian Open 2021

Badosa Gibert was amongst the first to express her support for Novak Djokovic's letter to Craig Tiley.

Paula Badosa Gibert

23-year Spanish player Paula Badosa Gibert became the first player to contract the Coronavirus during quarantine in Melbourne. Badosa Gibert is amongst 72 players who were put under stricter lockdown after the charter flight they boarded to arrive in Australia also carried Covid positive passengers. These 72 players were put in 24/7 lockdown in their hotel rooms in Melbourne and were denied access to practice courts.

Badosa Gibert took to social media to share her news. The Spaniard said that she has experienced some symptoms and was taken to the health hotel in Melbourne. She made it clear that she will follow the doctor’s advice and will be at her full strength soon.

I’ll try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors: Paula Badosa Gibert

Paula Badosa Gibert

In a twitter post, Paula Badosa Gibert made it public that she has tested positive for the Coronavirus. “I have some bad news. Today I received a positive Covid-19 test result,” started Badosa Gibert. She then goes on to say that she experienced some symptoms and sought medical help. “I’m feeling unwell and have some symptoms, but I’ll try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors,” she said.

World No.67 thanked medical professionals at the Health hotel in Melbourne for their constant support. “I’ve been taken to a health hotel to self-isolate and be monitored. Thanks for your support. We’ll be back stronger,” Badosa Gibert concludes.

Interestingly, Badosa Gibert was amongst the first players to throw her support behind Novak Djokovic for writing a letter to Craig Tiley, AO CEO, asking him to ease restrictions on payers quarantined in Melbourne.

Also read: Novak Djokovic calls for better conditions for players who are quarantined in Melbourne, sends letter to AO CEO Craig Tiley


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