Former world number one Andy Murray’s participation at the Australian Open is in doubt after the Briton tested positive for coronavirus.
The 33-year-old Scot was set to fly to Melbourne on a chartered flight arriving there over the next twenty-four hours. Instead, he remains in quarantine and isolation at home in London.
Murray, who is said to be in good health, remains hopeful he will be allowed to travel safely at a later date and compete as planned. The five-time Australian Open runner-up pulled out of last week’s ATP event in Delray Beach as he wanted to “minimize the risks” of catching a transatlantic flight to Florida.
The Australian Open will start on 8th February at Melbourne Park, three weeks later than usual, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players must test negative before taking one of the 15 charted flights—which have been put on by tournament organizers and will operate at twenty-five per cent capacity—to Australia.
Once they have arrived, they will have to pass a series of COVID-19 tests during a fourteen-day quarantine in Melbourne before the Grand Slam.