Breaking: The Australian Open plans to have a safe tournament are in disarray, after a leaked email said passengers on a plane full of staff and players had tested positive to Covid.

A flight from the United States, with passengers including professional tennis players, couches, staff and officials was exposed, an email said.

So far two people on board a special charter plane to Australia have tested positive, with everyone on the flight in a ‘hard quarantine’ now.

QR7493 was a specifically chartered plane to take overseas officials and players to Melbourne for The Australian Open tennis tournament.

“Two people on your flight from LAX that arrived at 5:15am on Friday 15 January have returned positive COVID-19 PCR tests on arrival to Melbourne,” the email said.

Earlier: Our Opinion – The Australian Open should not go ahead.

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Ryan is Contributing Editor