Andy Murray tests positive for COVID-19

2021-01-14 at 16:25

Britain’s former world number one Andy Murray’s participation at the Australian Open is in doubt after he tested positive for coronavirus.

The 33-year-old Scot was set to fly out to Melbourne on a chartered flight over the next 36 hours. Instead he remains in quarantine and isolating at home in London.

Murray, a five-time runner-up in Melbourne, remains hopeful he will be allowed to travel at a later date and compete as planned.

The Australian Open will start on 8 February at Melbourne Park, three weeks later than usual, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Players must test negative before taking one of the 15 chartered flights – which have been put on by tournament organisers and are at 25% capacity – to Australia.

Once they have arrived, they have to pass a series of Covid tests during a 14-day quarantine in Melbourne before the Grand Slam.