274/5 (87.0 ov)
The British Press Association said Murray, apparently in good health, hopes to come to Australia at a later date.
Andy Murray’s participation in the Australian Open is under the cloud after testing positive for COVID-19. AP file photo
Melbourne: Health chiefs swore on Friday that there would be no preferential treatment for five-time finalist Andy Murray. He said he would have to return a negative COVID-19 test if he is to play the Australian Open.
The former world number one was scheduled to travel to Melbourne on a charter flight planned by charter operators, but announced on Thursday that it would he had tested positive for the virus.
He is isolating himself at home in London and has great doubts whether he can play the inaugural Grand Slam of the year.
The British news agency Press Association said the three-time big winners, apparently in good health, hoping to come to Australia at a later date.
But Victorian Health Secretary Martin Foley said the Scot will not get any special favors.
“Regarding Mr. Murray knew from the start that anyone who tests positive cannot be part of the program coming to Melbourne and Australia, “he told reporters.
” Mr. Murray and the other 1,240 people under the program must show that they have returned a negative test when they come to Melbourne.
“Should Mr. Murray arrive, and I have no indication that he will, he will be following the same strict arrangements subject like everyone else. If he tests positive before attempting to come to Australia, he will be rejected. “
Murray received a wild card for the Open in hopes of making his first appearance in Melbourne since 2019 when he saw the extent revealed a right hip problem and raised the possibility of an imminent retirement.
Ahead of the delayed tournament, slated to start February 8, more than 1,200 players and support staff have been quarantined for 14 days.
You will be greeted by biosecurity officers with personal protective equipment before being placed in hotel quarantine.
Players are only allowed to enter the country with evidence of a negative test prior to departure or with approval as a recovered case at the discretion of the Australian government.
This rule applied to Tennys Sandgren, the number 50 in the American world, who was allowed to fly from Los Angeles on Thursday, even though he tweeted that he was d his tested positive this week.
“Mr. Sandgren is not contagious. His infection is historic, “said Foley.” So he met the strict health criteria that were set. “
The tournament has already lost some key players. Roger Federer is injured and world number 25 John Isner has fallen due to the limitations of the Coronavirus decided not to travel.
In another blow, the American number 16 in the world, Madison Keys, said that she too had tested positive and would not play.
In the meantime, Dominic Thiem came, the number three in the world, without coach Nicolas Massu, who also tested positive, and the Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal misses his coach Carlos Moya, who has decided not to make the trip.
Jan 15, 2021 10:32:06 AM IST
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The organizers of the first tennis grand slam of the year confirmed they had secured new hotel accommodation after Melbourne’s The Westin canceled plans to accommodate tennis players during the two-week pre-tournament quarantine.
The Australian Open draw will take place on February 4th, four days before the start of the main tournament, which ends on February 21st with the men’s final.
The 25-year-old American’s announcement came just hours after former world number one and three-time grand winner Andy Murray said he too had tested positive for the virus.
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