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The first tennis player with a confirmed case of COVID-19 quarantining ahead of the Australian Open has spoken out publicly to say ‘sorry’.
Spain’s Paula Badosa was one of the players who initially complained about the strict anti-virus curbs put in place by the local government but said she now fully grasped how important the measures are.
Posting on social media Badosa said “Quarantine and preventive measures are pivotal right now. I talked about rules that changed overnight but I understand the sad situation we are living. Sorry guys. Stay safe."
She was halfway through her 14-day quarantine period when the world number 67 made the confirmation of her positive test on Friday (January 22) and has since been moved to a "health hotel".
Badosa’s place Australian Open could now be in jeopardy, with her additional confinement set to be extended beyond the start of the WTA warm-up tournaments.
The Australian Open itself is due to begin on February 8th.