British tennis legend Andy Murray has officially withdrawn from the upcoming Australian Open 2021. Murray tested positive for the Coronavirus couple of weeks ago, which hindered him from travelling to Australian for the first Grand Slam of the year. And now that he has fallen behind schedule to make it to Australia before the main event begins, Murray has has decided not to take part in the competition. Murray is currently out of quarantine, but wont be able to make feasible travel arrangements to reach Australia in time for the tournament.
Andy Murray entered the main draw of the competition after receiving the tournament wildcard. And it looked like fans will finally be able to see the Brit play at Melbourne. But the Covid positive test threw obstacles in this plan. Matters where further complicated by Australia Health Minister when he denied ‘any special treatment’ to Murray after learning about his Coronavirus diagnosis.
Gutted to share that I won’t be flying out to Australia: Andy Murray
Andy Murray is the five time finalist of the Australian Open, and he was expectedly heartbroken to pull out of the tournament so close to his heart. While announcing this decision, Murray said, “Gutted to share that I won’t be flying out to Australia to compete at the Australian Open.”
The Brit highlighted that despite coming out of quarantine, logistical challenges prevented him from reaching Australia in time. “We’ve been in constant dialogue with Tennis Australia to try and find a solution which would allow some form of workable quarantine, but we couldn’t make it work,” Murray said.
Murray thanked everyone who helped him prepare for the tournament, and expressed his love for Australia. “I want to thank everyone there for their efforts, I’m devastated not to be playing out in Australia. It’s a country and tournament that I love,” Murray concluded.