Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Australian Open

Murray is out of the Australian Open (Picture: Getty)

Andy Murray has tested positive for coronavirus, risking his chances of competing at the Australian Open.

Murray, the three-time Grand Slam champion from Dunblane, has been quarantining and self-isolating at his home since the positive test but is said to be in good heallth.

He was due to travel to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the year this week but will now look to travel at a later date.

Murray will only travel when it is completely safe to do so and when he is granted appropriate permission from relevant health and governmental authorities.

As reported by Metro.co.uk last weekend, there has been a minor Covid-19 outbreak at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton – where Murray had been training ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2021.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray has since returned a positive test this week but is thought to only be experiencing minor symptoms.

Murray could miss the Australian Open (Picture: Getty Images for LTA)

Murray had been due to fly to Australia this week but will now have to reassess his plans.

He is a five-time runner-up at the Australian Open but missed last year’s tournament due to a pelvic injury.

The Scot was due to play at the Delray Beach Open – where compatriot Cam Norrie made the semi-finals – but somewhat ironically pulled out over fears of contracting coronavirus and putting his chances of competing in Australia in jeopardy.

The tournament begins on February 8 and Murray was due to be one of seven Brits in the singles draws.

Kyle Edmund had already withdrawn from the tournament due to a knee problem but Dan Evans, Norrie and Murray were due to be the representatives in the men’s singles draw.

Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter were joined by Francesca Jones – who qualified on Wednesday.


MORE : How Fran Jones overcame rare genetic condition to qualify for Australian Open


MORE : British tennis suffers Covid scare

Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

For more stories like this, check our sport page




Source link

WORLD NEWS