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Sport Andy Murray ruled OUT of the Australian Open

01:18  23 january  2021
01:18  23 january  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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  Murray's AO campaign in doubt after COVID diagnosis Former world No.1 Andy Murray is in doubt for the upcoming Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19. Multiple reports out of England are reporting that Murray, who was set to fly to Melbourne on a chartered flight in the next 36 hours, will now be forced to remain in London.The 33-year-old will have to isolate and quarantine at home.However, It's understood the five-time Australian Open runner-up remains hopeful that he can still compete by travelling to Australia at a later date.

Andy Murray , who has struggled with a pelvic problem since the Davis Cup finals six weeks ago, will not return to the Tour until February. Andy Murray will miss the first grand slam tournament of the year while his major target in 2020 will be defending his Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

Andy Murray has said he will not be travelling to Australia to compete in the Australian Open “I want to thank everyone there for their efforts, I’m devastated not to be playing out in Australia - it’s Murray had tested positive for coronavirus shortly before he was due to fly to Melbourne on one of

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Andy Murray described himself as ‘devastated’ after the door slammed shut on his hopes of playing in the Australian Open.

Having tested positive for Covid 12 days ago, he ran out of time to compete after being told on Friday that there could be no special quarantine dispensation, despite having completed his self-isolation at home.

It appears the tournament made efforts to find a compromise for its five-times finalist. But health authorities decided he would need to go into full lockdown for two weeks after arriving ahead of the February 8 start.

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Murray said: ‘Gutted to share that I won’t be flying out to Australia to compete at the Australian Open.

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Andy Murray lost in the first round at the Australian Open to Roberto Bautista Agut in possibly the last match of his career as he contemplates retirement with a chronic hip injury.

Andy Murray , out of sorts and scrapping like a junkyard dog for three-and-a-half hours over four sets, could not hold off the magnificent challenge of Mischa Zverev, the world No50, and went out of the Australian Open on day seven, when he surely harboured hopes of cashing in on the earlier

'We’ve been in constant dialogue with Tennis Australia to try to find a solution which would allow some form of workable quarantine but we couldn’t make it work.

'I want to thank everyone there for their efforts, I’m devastated not to be playing out in Australia — it’s a country and tournament that I love.’

He is at least feeling well after suffering only the mildest symptoms, but the timing in contracting the virus could hardly have been worse.


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He pulled out of the season-opening tournament in Florida to minimise the chances of getting Covid, but still caught it while at home over Christmas.

a man hitting a ball with a racket: Murray has appeared five times in the Australian Open final, but has never lifted the trophy © Provided by Daily Mail Murray has appeared five times in the Australian Open final, but has never lifted the trophy

It is possible he caught it at Roehampton’s National Tennis Centre. During a busy festive period, the centre endured a mini-outbreak. Additional deep cleaning has been implemented as a result.

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Britain's Andy Murray pulls out of the Australian Open after failing to recover from a hip injury. He attempted to return at the US Open in August but pulled out two days before the start of the tournament. The Scot's most recent match was a one-set exhibition fixture against Roberto Bautista

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The 33-year-old Scot must now weigh up options about where he can play once the Australian Open is finished on February 21.

Two possible tournaments are in France, where non-EU citizens are now forced to quarantine for a week and athlete exemptions have been suspended. Rotterdam at the start of March could also be an option.

His cause for travelling to Australia has not been helped by controversies involving other players since their arrival a week ago.

a close up of a man: Murray broke down in tears during a post-match conference at the Australian Open in 2019 © Provided by Daily Mail Murray broke down in tears during a post-match conference at the Australian Open in 2019

The season’s first Grand Slam was a symbolic goal for Murray after his last visit in 2019, when an emotional press conference saw him on the verge of giving up on his long-term hip problems.

A resurfacing treatment has worked up to a point and he was in an optimistic frame of mind after winning two matches in the mini Battle of the Brits at Roehampton before Christmas.

Now there are limited options of hard-court tournaments before the start of the clay season — not his preferred surface.

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