Andy Murray’s participation within the Australian Open has been thrown into doubt after it was revealed on Thursday he had examined constructive for coronavirus. The British former world primary was attributable to journey to Australia on considered one of a collection of constitution flights laid on by event organisers however remains to be isolating at house in London. It’s understood that Murray, apparently in good well being, is hoping to have the ability to arrive in Australia at a later date. Australian Open organisers wished the 33-year-old a speedy restoration nevertheless it was unclear whether or not he would nonetheless have an opportunity to participate.
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“Andy Murray has suggested that he has examined constructive to Covid-19 and is isolating at house within the UK,” they tweeted.
“Sadly this implies he shall be unable to hitch the official AO constitution flights arriving in Australia within the coming days to undergo the quarantine interval with the opposite gamers. The AO followers love Andy, and we all know how a lot he loves competing right here in Melbourne and the way laborious he’d labored for this chance.”
The five-time Australian Open runner-up pulled out of final week’s ATP occasion in Delray Seashore, Florida, as he needed to “minimise the dangers” within the run-up to the yr’s first Grand Slam.
Murray, who has slumped to 123rd on this planet rankings, was handed a wildcard for the Australian Open.
The three-time main winner is hoping to make his first look in Melbourne because the emotional occasions of 2019 when he revealed the extent of his proper hip drawback and raised the potential for imminent retirement.
Murray was capable of return to taking part in after a hip resurfacing operation however has skilled a number of setbacks since.
The Scot was capable of play simply seven official matches in 2020 due to a lingering pelvic damage, and the coronavirus-enforced suspension of the season.
Murray spoke positively about his health in November and performed two matches eventually month’s Battle of the Brits occasion.
Greater than 1,200 gamers and assist employees are arriving in Australia from Thursday for 14 days’ quarantine forward of the delayed event, which is because of begin on February 8.
Craig Tiley, the Australian Open event director, has spent months making an attempt to cope with the logistical nightmares of internet hosting the Grand Slam throughout a pandemic.
Tennis Australia mentioned gamers had been solely allowed into the nation with proof of a unfavorable Covid-19 take a look at previous to departure, or with approval as a recovered case on the discretion of the Australian authorities.
The lads’s qualifying event for the Grand Slam occurred in Qatar.
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