Authorities working on ‘finding a solution’ to get exercise equipment to ‘abandoned’ Paula Badosa

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Spaniard Paula Badosa will have exercise equipment delivered to her hotel room once authorities have come up with a way to “safely” deliver said supplies.

The world No 67 tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the 2021 Australian Open and started her 14 days of quarantine on Thursday.

However, the 23-year-old hit out at officials this week as she accused them of not communicating with her, adding: “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.”

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Tennis Australia and Victoria health officials, though, are working on a plan to get equipment delivered to her room, but insist it will be a case of safety first.

“We have exercise equipment ready and waiting for her, and will continue to work with the health authorities on finding a solution for this to be delivered to her room,” a Tennis Australia spokeswoman said in a statement.

A Covid-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV) spokesperson added: “Our priority is supporting the health and wellbeing of those in our care and reducing the risk of transmission to protect staff and community safety.

“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.

“CQV is in ongoing discussions with Tennis Australia about suitable equipment that can be delivered to positive and symptomatic residents, given that the equipment can’t be reused and would need to be safely destroyed.”

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