Australian Open quarantine program hit by two positive tests: reports

Two passengers on one of the chartered flights that have carried a 1200-strong tennis contingent to Australia for the Australian Open have tested positive to COVID-19, according to various reports.

The two cases are the first positive cases for tennis players or officials since arriving in Australia. Separately, American Tennys Sandgren was allowed to travel to Australia after his positive test was deemed to be a case of "viral shedding".

Two other players, Andy Murray and Madison Keys, were unable to take their spots on the chartered planes after they returned positive tests before flying.

New York Times journalist Karen Crouse reported on Saturday (AEST) that the two new positive cases were on the charter flights from Los Angeles.

"I feel terrible for all the players aboard who now won't be allowed to practice for the next two weeks except on the exercise bikes the Australian Open delivered to their rooms," she tweeted.

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald have contacted Tennis Australia and the Victorian government for comment.

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