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Andy Murray tests positive for virus before Australian Open
Andy Murray has tested positive for the coronavirus days before he was due to leave Britain for the Australian Open, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday. The three-time Grand Slam champion is isolating at home near London and still hopes to compete in Australia when it is safe to travel, the person said. Murray has been given a wild-card entry into the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021. The Australian Open was delayed three weeks because of COVID-19 restrictions and is set to begin Feb. 8. Players and officials must spend 14 days in quarantine once they arrive in Australia.
ROME — Andy Murray has entered a lower-tier challenger tournament in Italy next month after withdrawing from the Australian Open with the coronavirus.
Murray is listed to play an indoor tournament in Biella starting Feb. 15, the Italian Tennis Federation said Wednesday.
The tournament has 132,000 euros ($160,000) in prize money.
Murray tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before he was due to board a charter flight to Melbourne, where he had been given a wild-card entry.
Murray is a former No. 1 who is currently ranked 123rd as he works his way back from hip issues that led to two operations.
He last played a challenger event in August 2019 in Mallorca, Spain, while recovering from his hip problems.
Also entered for the Biella tournament are 54th-ranked Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who also tested positive for COVID-19 before his planned trip to Australia, No. 74 Lucas Pouille, Sebastian Korda, Andreas Seppi and Lorenzo Musetti.
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Canadiens earn tough 2-1 rebound win against Senators .
The Canadiens got back on the winning track Saturday, but Ottawa goaltender Matt Murray didn’t make it easy for them. Murray, who was the difference Thursday when the Senators upset the Canadiens 3-2 at the Bell Centre, turned in another strong performance, but Montreal’s Jake Allen was a tad better as the Canadiens avenged the loss Thursday wth a 2-1 win at the Canadian Tire Centre. Josh Anderson snapped a 1-1 tie when he scored his eighth goal of the season early in the third period. Murray, who has looked like the goaltender who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, made Montreal work for the go-ahead goal.