In the star-crossed universe that is Bianca Andreescu’s career, a new wrench has been thrown into the works.
The 20-year-old Canadian announced Sunday on social media that she had tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Madrid.
Andreescu had tested negative twice, she said, before getting on the plane.
Two weeks in Florida before departure
Andreescu’s situation underscores the relative uselessness of pre-travel COVID tests, although it’s better than no test at all.
The incubation period can be 10 days or more. You could test negative before you leave, join a planeload of people – and come up positive later on.
And Andreescu spent a couple of weeks in Florida after losing in the Miami Open final.
There were photo/ad shoots for her sponsors and some R&R and healing up her foot.
And if the environment around the Miami Open was crazy-restrictive during the tournament – especially compared to mask-free, oblivious Florida – that layer of protection ended as soon as she left the official hotel.
Coach Bruneau had COVID-19 in January
Notably, Andreescu’s coach Sylvain Bruneau had tested positive after the flight from Abu Dhabi before the Australian Open.
Their entire flight had to go into hard quarantine because of that – including Andreescu.
Perhaps she dodged a bullet by not contracting it back then, and was able to make her return in Australia after a 15-month absence because of a knee injury.
But if the Canadian didn’t have bad luck, she’d have no luck at all.