Andy Murray’s plans to travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open have gone for a toss as the Brit has tested positive for Covid-19 this week.
Murray is believed to be experiencing only minor symptoms of the virus as there has been a minor outbreak of the virus at the Roehampton’s National Tennis Centre, where Murray trains with his fellow British players.
Ironically, after Christmas, the two time Wimbledon champ withdrew from the first ATP event of the season at Delray Beach in Florida out of fears that it would increase his chances of catching Covid and jeopardize his trip to Australia.
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Murray, who believed he had caught the disease in the first outbreak of the virus during the Spring last year, is still holding out hope that he may yet be allowed to travel to the tournament, which begins on February 8. The Brit has already been self-isolating for several days and the Australian Open is trying to provide some leeway within its strict quarantine rules to get players and staff there.
However, there seems no way that he will be able to join the current raft of charter flights that are in the process of leaving from the Middle East and Los Angeles this week, which include his fellow Brits. Murray is desperate to return to the tournament where he has been a finalist on five occasions, and where it seemed his career would be over due to hip problems two years ago.
Murray’s chances of making the trip seem to be improved by the fact that former quarter finalist Tennys Sandgren was given dispensation to travel last night from Los Angeles, despite having tested positive on Monday, having also tested positive in November. The British star is now waiting on hearing back from the Australian Open regarding the rules.