London | Tennis player Andy Murray has tested positive for COVID-19, according to information published Thursday by various British media and confirmed by the organizers of the Australian Open, enough to call into question his participation in the first tournament of the Grand Slam of the year.
Five times a finalist in Melbourne, the Scotsman was to reach Australia on board one of the charter flights chartered by the organization of the tournament. But Murray has placed himself in quarantine at his home and will “unfortunately not be able to board the flights” in question, the organizers said in a statement.
“We wish Andy Murray a speedy recovery,” added the latter, who did not explicitly rule on his possible participation in the tournament.
According to the PA news agency, the 2012 Olympic champion is not showing severe symptoms and hopes to make the trip to Australia at a later date.
The two-time Wimbledon winner was to start his season last week at the Delray Beach tournament, but he withdrew from the Florida event at the end of December in order to “minimize the risk (of contamination) before the Australian Open”.
Due to COVID-19, players participating in the Australian Open will have to observe a two-week quarantine period before the start of the tournament, which has been postponed for three weeks to finally be scheduled from 8 to 21 February.
Players can only enter the country “with proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out prior to departure, or with travel authorization, as a case of recovery, at the sole discretion of an Australian government authority ”, detailed the organizers of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
These drastic rules notably pushed the American John Isner (N.25) to give up playing the tournament because he “did not want to be far from (s) his family for so long”.
World N.2 and N.3 Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will be deprived of their coaches in Melbourne, also for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.