Tomic lashed the testing protocols currently in place for the qualifiers during his 6-1, 6-4 loss to Russia’s Roman Safiullin at Melbourne’s Kia Arena today.
The 29-year-old then took to his Instagram account to update his followers on his condition.
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“Feeling really sick, I’m now back in my hotel room,” he wrote.
“Just spoke to the doctors on site and they’ve asked me to isolate. They couldn’t treat me yet to avoid contact.
“Thank you for all the support on the court today. I really appreciate it! I’ll do better next time.
“Very disappointed as I really wanted to make Aussies proud and perform well on my home turf.”
A frustrated Tomic vented to the chair umpire in between games in the second set of his loss to Safiullin.
“I’m sure, in the next two days, I will test positive,” the 29-year-old Australian said.
“I’m telling you, I’m telling you. I will buy you dinner if I don’t test positive in three days.
“Otherwise you buy me dinner. I cannot believe nobody is getting tested.
“They are allowing players to come on the court with rapid tests in their room. No official PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing, unbelievable.”
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However, a Tennis Australia spokesperson disputed Tomic’s claims, telling Wide World of Sports that every player was PCR tested before the tournament started – and required a negative result to compete.
The spokesperson also said players received daily rapid antigen tests.
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