Michail Pervolarakis, questions, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greek team, ATP Cup


A Greek tennis player who played at the ATP Cup before the Australian Open began has tested positive to COVID-19 after arriving in South Africa.

World No. 463 Michail Pervolarakis posted in his Instagram Stories that he had tested positive for the coronavirus after leaving Australia, revealing he is “asymptomatic”.

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The Herald Sun reported that Pervolarakis flew out of Melbourne Airport on February 9, the same day a worked at the Brunetti cafe in Terminal 4 of the airport worked while infected.

The report continues that Pervolarakis was tested in Melbourne on Monday and recieved a negative test on Tuesday February 9, which was confirmed by Tennis Australia.

Pervolarakis flew out of Melbourne on Tuesday to Doha before continuing to Johannesburg in South Africa.

But upon arriving in South Africa, he tested positive.

“After a 24-plus hour travel day from Australia to South Africa I’ve been diagnosed positive to COVID-19,” Pervolarakis posted.

“I am completely asymptomatic at the moment and 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.

“We are in a tiny room with no TV or AC (it is around 30 degrees Celcius). We have a shared kitchen (just for hot water) and a shared bathroom and showers. On top of it, we have been informed that we need to pay around 140 euro a day for accommodation, food and medical care (checking blood pressure and temperature). I feel that the conditions we are in are unacceptable and the governing authorities should do something about that.”

He then shared a video showing his tiny living quarters.

But the last post on his Instagram post is also a picture with World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, his teammate at the ATP Cup.

Petros Tsitsipas and Markos Kalovelonis were the other teammates while Tsitsipas’ father, Apostolos, was Greece’s team captain.

Pervolarakis lost both his singles games at the ATP Cup.

The Brunetti Cafe is a Tier 1 exposure site with the exposure time listed as 4.45am to 1.15pm on February 9, with fears that many other people would have been exposed to the virus at the airport before flights.

It was reported that 11 of the 12 staff at the Brunetti cafe had returned negative tests.



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