New balls please! Sebastian Korda hits himself in groin during hotel training – VIDEO
Sebastian Korda accidentally hits himself during practice
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Sebastian Korda suffered an unfortunate injury while training in his hotel room after landing in Australia to play in Adelaide. Mr Korda shared a video on his Twitter account updating his fans on his COVID-19 positive test but managed to hit himself in the groin after smashing several balls across the room. Fans could not help but laugh at the mishap but also ripped into Mr Korda for possibly annoying his neighbours with his training.
Mr Korda tested positive for Covid when he arrived in Australia and was due to play in Adelaide but was forced to withdraw.
He wrote in a tweet: “Landed in Adelaide and tested positive. No symptoms and two negative results since testing positive.
“Respecting all the local covid protocols and training in my room but I have to work on my ball control, Thank you Tennis Australia for all the equipment!”
Fans were in hysterics at the video but also criticised Mr Korda for his loud training.
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@Ronnierotten tweeted: “Wouldn’t it be a fantastic stay if you were in the adjoining room. Just sayin’…..”
@Benwithnonumber added: “As an Aussie, thanks for adhering to the rules and I hope Covid doesn’t affect your match fitness. Best of luck in the Open and thanks once again for being a good sport about it all!”
Several tennis stars have been caught up in Australia’s strict coronavirus rules with Novak Djokovic being held in detention until his court challenge on Monday.
Mr Djokovic was denied access to Australia on Wednesday after Australian Border Force said he “failed to provide appropriate evidence” of his coronavirus status to give him entry.
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The Serbian athlete said he was given a medical exemption to play in the tournament and has challenged the decision to cancel his visa.
His exemption was given by two medical panels which were organised by Tennis Australia and Victoria state.
Mr Djokovic wrote to his fans on Instagram: “Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated.”
Questions have been raised over Mr Djokovic’s vaccination status after previously coming out to attack mandated vaccines.
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He said: “My issue here with vaccines is if someone is forcing me to put something in my body. That I don’t want. For me that’s unacceptable.”
Victoria State has mandated full vaccination for all players, staff and fans attending the Australian Open unless there is a medical exemption given.
Tennis Australia said Mr Djokovic’s exemption request was given following a “rigorous review process” although the reason he sought an exemption has not been made public.
The Australian Department of Health says: “For travel into and out of Australia, travellers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.”
Only children aged 11 and under or those exempt for medical reasons are not required to follow the vaccine mandate.
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