Australian Open tuneup matches on Thursday cancelled due to COVID-19

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - Thursday's matches at Australian Open tuneup events at Melbourne Park were cancelled after a hotel quarantine worker tested COVID-19 positive, organisers Tennis Australia said.

Up to 600 players and support staff connected to the Australian Open will have to isolate until they have been tested after a man, who worked his last shift at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne on Friday, returned a positive result on Wednesday.

"We will work with everyone involved to facilitate testing as quickly as possible," the organisers of the Feb. 8-21 Grand Slam said on Twitter.

"There will be no matches at Melbourne Park on Thursday. An update on the schedule for Friday will be announced later today."

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Christian Radnedge)