Andy Murray’s participation within the Australian Open has been thrown into doubt after the previous champion examined constructive for COVID-19.
The previous world No.1 was as a result of journey to Australia on one of many 18 constitution flights laid on by event organisers, however remains to be isolating at residence.
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The 33-year-old was awarded a wildcard by organisers to play in the principle draw of the yr’s first grand slam in Melbourne, beginning February 8.
However Tennis Australia says Murray will be unable to to catch the official constitution flights for the event after testing constructive.
“Andy Murray has suggested that he has examined constructive for COVID-19 and is isolating at residence within the UK,” Tennis Australia mentioned in a press release.
“Sadly this implies he shall be unable to affix 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 exhausting he’d labored for this chance.”
British media studies say Murray is in good well being and nonetheless hopes to compete at Melbourne Park within the main, which has been pushed again three weeks due to strict pandemic well being measures in Australia.
However even when Murray recovers quickly it is going to be tough for him to make it to Australia later as gamers and officers should arrive throughout a 36-hour window from Thursday after which serve a compulsory isolation of 14 days, as per well being protocols.
The gamers, who shall be allowed to spend 5 hours outdoors their rooms throughout quarantine for coaching functions and shall be examined every day for the virus, will then play warm-up occasions at Melbourne Park from January 31 earlier than the Australian Open begins.
The first batch of gamers and their help workers landed in Melbourne on Thursday whereas high gamers, together with Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams, arrived in Adelaide the place they’ll isolate earlier than taking part in an exhibition occasion.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, at the moment ranked 123rd on the earth, had pulled out of the season-opening Delray Seashore Open in Florida earlier this month to cut back the chance of contracting COVID-19.
He had hip resurfacing surgical procedure in early 2019 however made his comeback to win the Antwerp title 9 months later.
Murray missed many of the 2020 season as a result of issues together with his hip and struggled for type on his return after the COVID-19 hiatus, struggling a second-round defeat within the US Open earlier than falling within the opening spherical at Roland Garros.
His newest setback left tennis followers and commentators gutted.
GUTTED for Andy Murray.
2 years in the past he thought he could have performed his final match in Melbourne, then made a comeback however missed final yr’s AO due to an damage setback.
Now this. 😢 #tennis https://t.co/cK2c1ZDxAi
— Catherine Murphy (@CathMurphySport) January 14, 2021
I simply can’t consider @andy_murray has examined constructive for COVID-19. Truthfully the person must be essentially the most unfortunate individual ever. Hope you recuperate effectively Andy. Life simply actually sucks!!!
— Kate Gracie (@SKatieKook) January 14, 2021
Unhappy unhappy unhappy
Get effectively Andy and your loved ones xx want you effectively actually do x
— Arabella Prideaux (@ArabellaPridea1) January 14, 2021
Terrible information. I hope they’re solely gentle signs. Wishing you a full and speedy restoration Andy xx
— Paula George (@littlepg25) January 14, 2021
Madison Keys out of Australian Open
In the meantime, American star Madison Keys has examined constructive for COVID-19 and can miss the Australian Open.
The World No. 16 says she returned a constructive outcome earlier than she was as a result of journey to Australia and is now self-isolating at her residence.
“I am very disenchanted to not be capable of play within the coming weeks after coaching exhausting within the low season and understanding Tennis Australia and the excursions did a lot to make these occasions occur,” the 25-year-old tweeted.
Keys was a semi-finalist in Melbourne in 2015 and she or he made the ultimate of the 2017 US Open.
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