Plane issue delays Muguruza’s Oz arrival

Garbiñe Muguruza had already in the air, aboard her Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Australia for two hours Tuesday night.

Then, the plane turned around and headed back to L.A.

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And so the world No. 2 now won’t arrive Down Under to start her 2018 campaign until the wee hours of Friday morning.

On the plus side, the top two seeds in the women’s event at the Brisbane International have first-round byes.

So the Spaniard may not have to play until Wednesday. That should give her enough time to acclimate.

But it’s not a great way to start a season.

Tennis.Life is told that the passengers on the flight, which originally was to leave Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m. PST and arrive in Brisbane around 7 a.m. Thursday morning, weren’t given much more information than anyone else.

The plane, an old 747, reportedly was losing fuel; luckily they were able to land safely back at LAX and go at it again, about 19 hours later.

It left LAX just after 6 p.m. PST Wednesday night, and is due to land at 1:11 a.m. Friday morning.

Christian Harrison also on board

Also on the flight with Muguruza are coach Sam Sumyk and the rest of her team.

Christian Harrison is on the longest trip of his life, starting with an aborted flight to Brisbane on Tuesday night. (Stephanie Myles/Tennis.Life)

As well, we’re told American Christian Harrison, the younger brother of Ryan Harrison, also was on that flight.

Harrison’s trip will some way to go even when he arrives in Brisbane.

The 23-year-old is entered in the challenger in Noumea, New Caledonia (a French island).

So he will still have to get to Sydney,and then take another two hour, 45-minute flight to Noumea after that.

Harrison hasn’t travelled outside North America more than a handful of times in his entire tennis life. And much of that came when he was a very young junior, 8-9 years ago. 

This is by far the longest trip he’s ever taken as a tennis player. On the plus side, he’s the next one into the Australian Open qualifying. So the long voyage should have a happy ending.

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