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Paula Badosa blasts Grand Slam Coronavirus precautions
Spanish Tennis player, Paula Badosa, who happened to be the first player to test positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Australia in preparation for the tournament has been instructed to remain indoors until January 31st.
If Paula tests positive for the new strain of the coronavirus, she would have to quarantine until the 5th of February. The player did not take this news well as she believes she won’t have enough time to get fit before the games that will begin on the 8th of February.
Speaking to the Spanish Newspaper, Marca, Paula said, "I feel abandoned because I don't have training equipment which I requested five days ago, I haven't been told which type of the virus I have, I've had no information from the tournament,"
"It's far and away the worst experience of my career.
"The conditions here are lamentable, I wasn't expecting that. The number one thing people recommend when you have the virus is to open the windows to let in air, but I don't have windows in my hotel room and it's barely 15 metres square."
"I have lost a lot of my fitness levels, especially my strength. If I can come out on January 31 I'll have a week to get in shape. If it's February 5 it'll be impossible to recover in time (for the tournament),"
The player who currently ranks in the 67th position admitted to dealing with anxiety and claustrophobia. She uses water bottles as weights in a bid to keep fit.
Currently, she shares a room with her coach Javier Marti, a room that she describes as not being suitable for someone of her status.
The player however cleared the air with the tweet, “ Please, don’t get me wrong. Health will always come first & I feel grateful for being in Australia. Quarantine & preventive measures are pivotal right now. I talked about rules that changed overnight but I understand the sad situation we are living in. Sorry guys. Stay safe.”
The Covid-19 Quarantine spokesperson explained that all efforts were being made to curb the spread of the virus for the wellbeing of everyone in their care.
"We are supporting the delivery of exercise equipment wherever possible and safe to do so from both a health and IPC (infection prevention and control) perspective,” he said
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