A Spanish tennis player who was among many Australian Open competitors to complain about quarantine rules has revealed she has coronavirus.

Paula Badosa said she had felt unwell with symptoms before testing positive for the virus in Melbourne on Thursday.

Badosa is believed to be the fourth competitor to test positive in hotel quarantine, but is the first to identify herself publicly.

She said: “sorry guys”, adding quarantine rules were “pivotal”.

“Please, don’t get me wrong. Health will always comes first & I feel grateful for being in Australia,” tweeted Badosa, who is ranked 67th globally in singles.

The 23-year-old said she had been taken to a separate hotel in Melbourne to “self-isolate and be monitored”.

“I’ll try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors,” she said.

Victoria state health authorities said on Wednesday a total of 10 infections had been linked to the event, but a few were “viral shedding” cases where the person was not infectious.

Melbourne endured one of the world’s longest lockdowns last year and many locals have concerns about the potential Covid risk posed by the tournament.

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