Tomic's shocking mid-match COVID-19 claim

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UPDATE: Bernard Tomic says helium is "feeling truly sick" conscionable hours aft making a chaotic mid-match assertion that helium would trial affirmative for COVID-19 during his Australian Open qualifier.

Tomic lashed the investigating protocols presently successful spot for the qualifiers during his 6-1, 6-4 nonaccomplishment to Russia's Roman Safiullin astatine Melbourne's Kia Arena today.

The 29-year-old past took to his Instagram relationship to update his followers connected his condition.

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"Feeling truly sick, I'm present backmost successful my edifice room," helium wrote.

"Just spoke to the doctors connected tract and they've asked maine to isolate. They couldn't dainty maine yet to debar contact.

"Thank you for each the enactment connected the tribunal today. I truly admit it! I'll bash amended adjacent time.

Bernard Tomic chopped a frustrated fig connected the sidelines during his lucifer against Russia's Roman Safiullin (Getty)

"Very disappointed arsenic I truly wanted to marque Aussies arrogant and execute good connected my location turf."

A frustrated Tomic vented to the seat umpire successful betwixt games successful the 2nd acceptable of his nonaccomplishment to Safiullin.

"I'm sure, successful the adjacent 2 days, I volition trial positive," the 29-year-old Australian said.

"I'm telling you, I'm telling you. I volition bargain you meal if I don't trial affirmative successful 3 days.

"Otherwise you bargain maine dinner. I cannot judge cipher is getting tested.

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"They are allowing players to travel connected the tribunal with accelerated tests successful their room. No authoritative PCR (polymerase concatenation reaction) testing, unbelievable."

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However, a Tennis Australia spokesperson disputed Tomic's claims, telling Wide World of Sports that each subordinate was PCR tested earlier the tourney started - and required a antagonistic effect to compete.

The spokesperson besides said players received regular accelerated antigen tests.

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