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Tennis-Korda tests positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Australia

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP Masters 1000 - Paris Masters - Accor Arena, Paris, France - November 4, 2021 Sebastian Korda of the U.S. in action during his round of 16 match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

January 6, 2022

(Reuters) – American Sebastian Korda said on Wednesday he had tested positive for COVID-19 after landing in Adelaide ahead of this month’s Australian Open.

Korda had already withdrawn from the Adelaide International warm-up event but the world number 41 is in the main draw entry list for this month’s Grand Slam at Melbourne Park.

“No symptoms and two negative results since testing positive,” he wrote on Twitter alongside a video of him hitting a ball against the hotel room wall.

“Thank you Tennis Australia for all the equipment!”

Korda’s positive test comes as world number one Novak Djokovic was denied entry into Australia after initially being granted a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements so he could play in the Australian Open.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)