SPORTS Murray's Australian Open in doubt after positive virus test

SPORTS

Murray's Australian Open in doubt after positive virus test

AFP

19:15, January 14, 2021

Andy Murray's participation in the Australian Open is in doubt after it was announced on Thursday he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Britain's Andy Murray leaves the court at the end of the men's singles first round tennis match against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka on Day 1 of The Roland Garros 2020 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on September 27, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

The former world number one was due to travel to Australia on one of a series of charter flights laid on by tournament organisers but is still isolating at home in London.

Britain's Press Association news agency said Murray, apparently in good health, is hoping to be able to arrive in Australia at a later date.

The 33-year-old is a five-time runner-up in Melbourne.

More than 1,200 players and support staff are arriving in Australia from Thursday for 14 days' quarantine ahead of the delayed tournament, which is due to start on February 8.

Craig Tiley, the Australian Open tournament director, has spent months trying to deal with the logistical nightmares of hosting the Grand Slam during a pandemic.

Tennis Australia said players were only allowed into Australia with proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to departure, or with approval as a recovered case at the discretion of the Australian government.

The qualifying tournament for the Grand Slam event took place in Qatar.


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