Greece’s Michail Pervolarakis tests positive for COVID after leaving Australia
The positive COVID-19 test of Greek tennis player Michail Pervolarakis, who featured during the 2021 ATP Cup, has put the Australian Open on red alert.
The 24-year-old did not compete at this year’s Australian Open but still took the court during the month of February for the ATP Cup, where he featured alongside world No.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas for Team Greece.
At this stage, the impact of Pervolarakis’ positive test on the remainder of the Australian Open, if any, remains to be seen.
Michail Pervolarakis in action for Team Greece during this year’s ATP Cup (Getty)
Pervolarakis confirmed the news of his positive test in a statement on his personal Instagram account.
“Hi everyone. After a 24-plus hour travel day from Australia South Africa, I’ve been diagnosed positive to COVID-19,” he wrote on his Instagram story.
“I am completely asymptomatic at the moment I will have to quarantine in an isolation facility in Potchefstroom.
“I am not a person that complains, but I feel that I need to express my disappointment with the conditions we are in.”
Shortly after his original post, Pervolarakis confirmed he returned a negative test in Melbourne before departing Australia, speculating he contracted the virus during his journey.
“Just to clarify few things… got tested negative in Melbourne before leaving and the nurse said that I most likely have got it on the plane or on my stop in Doha,” he added.