Andy Murray is a five-time Australian Open finalist.© TBEN
Andy Murray’s participation in the Australian Open is in doubt after his announcement on Thursday he had tested positive for coronavirus. The former world number one was due to travel to Australia on one of a series of charter flights, set up by the tournament organizers, but still isolating himself at his home in London. UK news agency Press Association said the apparently healthy Murray hopes to be able to arrive in Australia at a later date. The 33-year-old is a five-time Melbourne finalist.
More than 1,200 players and support staff arrive in Australia from Thursday for a 14-day quarantine ahead of the delayed tournament, which is due to start on February 8.
Craig Tiley, the tournament director of the Australian Open, has spent months trying to cope with the logistical nightmares of hosting the Grand Slam during a pandemic.
Tennis Australia said players were only allowed to enter Australia with proof of a negative Covid-19 test before departure, or with approval as a recovered case at the discretion of the Australian government.
The qualifying tournament for the Grand Slam event was held in Qatar.
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