Spanish player feels ‘abandoned’ after positive coronavirus test: ‘It’s the worst experience of my career’

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Paula Badosa press conference

Spain’s Paula Badosa has hit out at Australian Open organisers for “abandoning” her after testing positive for coronavirus, describing the quarantine conditions as “lamentable”.

The world No 67 returned a positive Covid-19 result upon arrival in Australia and under lockdown rules she won’t be allowed to leave her hotel room until January 31.

However, the 23-year-old says she has had no communication from officials.

“I’ve had no information from the tournament,” she told Spain’s Marca newspaper.

“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.

“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.”

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