Andy Murray has examined constructive for the coronavirus days earlier than he was as a result of depart Britain for the Australian Open, an individual with information of the state of affairs informed The Related Press on Thursday.
The three-time Grand Slam champion is isolating at dwelling close to London and nonetheless hopes to compete in Australia when it’s protected to journey, the individual stated.
Murray has been given a wild-card entry into the primary Grand Slam match of 2021.
The Australian Open was delayed three weeks due to Covid-19 restrictions and is about to start February 8. Gamers and officers should spend 14 days in quarantine as soon as they arrive in Australia.
Murray, a five-time Australian Open runner-up, earlier backed out of the Delray Seaside Open in Florida to “minimise the dangers” of contracting the virus via worldwide journey.
Whereas a constructive check threatens Murray’s participation in Australia, it doesn’t essentially rule it out.
American participant Tennys Sandgren was given particular clearance to board a constitution flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne regardless of testing constructive for Covid-19 in November and once more on Monday.
Underneath match protocols agreed with Australian authorities authorities, all gamers needed to return a destructive check earlier than boarding their flights to Australia and could be subjected to additional testing on arrival and day by day throughout a 14-day interval of quarantine.
Sandgren acquired an exemption after Australian well being officers assessed his case historical past.
The primary of about 1,200 gamers, coaches, entourage and officers have been set to land on Thursday in Australia.
Tennis Australia stated in the present day that gamers who’ve beforehand examined constructive for Covid-19 have been “required to supply further and extremely detailed medical data as proof they’re a recovered case and now not infectious or a threat to the neighborhood”.
Murray has slipped to No. 122 within the ATP rankings after a number of years of battling hip accidents and surgical procedure.
The 33-year-old Scot made a teary retirement announcement in Melbourne two years in the past earlier than present process a second spherical of surgical procedures to increase his profession.