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Bernades taken to Melbourne hospital

Brazil’s professional umpire Carlos Bernardes suffered a heart attack In his Melbourne quarantine hotel room and was rushed to hospital on Wednesday, where he is said to be ‘doing well’.

It was a heart attack, the veins was clogged. But he was medicated and he spent a few hours in the hospital taking medication. We spoke several times yesterday afternoon and evening [Wednesday, Australian time]. Now, in the morning [Thursday], I haven’t talked to him yet. But he was well and medicated. Ricardo Reis

Bernardes was staying in one of the official hotels currently being used to quarantine players and support people arriving from overseas in Melbourne.

A picture of Bernardes being taken to hospital in an ambulance was posted on social media but there has been no official statement from local authorities on the situation.

Australian media reported that Bernardes was in ‘hard lockdown’, the system used for those classed as potential contact cases of people who have test positive for COVID-19.

At present there are 72 players in hard lockdown after a series of charter flights to Australia reported positive tests.

While they are not allowed to leave their room for 14 days under government regulations, other AUstralian Open participants from abroad are allowed to leave their rooms for up to 5 hours each day to train, providing they remain within the strict ‘bubbles’ in place.

According to Brazilian tennis official Ricardo Reis, Bernardes has experienced no complications from his heart attack and he is receiving continued medical treatment.

Reis issued details concerning Bernardes’ condition in a statement published by Tenis Brasil: “He had a heart attack in the morning. We are at the same hotel.

“When I saw the ambulance arrive, I even sent him a photo saying that someone was not well, and he said: ‘I was the one who called. I am in pain. In the chest and such’. Luckily he called quickly and the service came too.

“It was a heart attack, the veins was clogged. But he was medicated and he spent a few hours in the hospital taking medication.

“We spoke several times yesterday afternoon and evening [Wednesday, Australian time].

”Now, in the morning [Thursday], I haven’t talked to him yet. But he was well and medicated. They were going to put on a stent, but he didn’t have to. They had the veins unblocked and etc. And he was fine.

“In the afternoon and at night he was fine, we talked in the afternoon and at night and everything was fine.“

Bernardes was seen by doctors on the spot and then was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and is said to have no complications.

A veteran Tour official after having worked on the ATP Tour since 1990, Bernardes has taken charge of numerous high-profile men’s matches, including two US Open finals in 2006 and 2008, as well as the 2011 Wimbledon final.

Paula Badosa has been moved to a 'health hotel' after showing COVID symptoms and testing positive for the virus in Melbourne

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Meanwhile, Paula Badosa posted on social media that she has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Spaniard has been quarantining in Melbourne under the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine rule after a couple of co-passengers in her flight to Melbourne had tested positive for the virus on their arrival in the city.

Badosa has been moved to a different hotel to recuperate where she will be under close observation.

“I have some bad news,” the World No 67 posted on Thursday. “Today, I received a positive Covid-19 test result.

“I’m feeling unwell and have some symptoms, but I’ll try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors.

“I have been taken to a health hotel to self-isolate and be monitored. Thanks for your support. We’ll be back stronger.”

Badosa is the first player to have contracted Covid-19, although earlier reports state that two players have tested positive but it later emerged that these results were on account of virus shedding.

A cleaner leaves the court after preparing it for the next group of players for a practice session in Melbourne

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