Australian Open: Andy Murray tests positive heading into the first major

16 Janvier, 2021, 17:41 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Andy Murray has tested positive for the coronavirus days before he was due to leave Britain for the Australian Open, a person with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday.

Players are due to begin arriving in the country within the next 24 hours, before completing a two-week period of quarantine, during which they are allowed out of their rooms to practise for five hours a day.

Murray, who is said to be in good health, is now liaising with tournament director Craig Tiley to find a way he could arrive in Australia at a later date and participate in the year's first grand slam, starting on February 8 in Melbourne. "The AO fans love Andy, and we know how much he loves competing here in Melbourne and how hard he'd worked for this opportunity".

Murray, a five-time Australian Open runner-up, earlier backed out of the Delray Beach Open in Florida to "minimize the risks" of contracting the virus through worldwide travel.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray pulled out of the season-opening Delray Beach Open in Florida earlier this month to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19.

According to tournament protocols agreed to with Australian government authorities, all players were required to return a negative test before boarding their flights to Australia and would undergo additional testing upon arrival and daily during a quarantine period of 14 days.

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Earlier today, controversial United States tennis star Tennys Sandgren sent Australian Open officials into meltdown after he was allowed onto a plane destined for Melbourne despite testing positive for COVID-19.

"I am self-isolating at home".

The first of about 1,200 players, coaches, entourage and officials were set to land on Thursday in Australia.

He subsequently had successful surgery and won a tournament in Antwerp later that year.

An Australian Open statement did not seem to offer the 33-year-old much hope.

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