Murray's Aussie Open in doubt after he catches Covid-19

Ross Houston
January 14, 2021

The first of about 1,200 players, coaches, entourage and officials were set to land Thursday in Australia.

Murray will be continuing his comeback this year at some point, having at one stage feared that the 2019 Australian Open might be his final tournament as a professional due to ongoing hip problems.

In a flurry of tweets, the world No.50 said that he might be able to catch another flight the following day, before suddenly informing his followers that he was on the plane destined for the Australian Open.

While a positive test threatens Murray's participation in Australia, it doesn't necessarily rule it out.

Sandgren sent out a series of tweets before his departure from Los Angeles, initially saying he had tested positive on Monday and would miss his flight.


American tennis player Tennys Sandgren has been allowed on a chartered flight to Melbourne for the Australian Open, despite recently testing positive for coronavirus.

Under tournament protocols agreed with Australian government authorities, all players had to to return a negative test before boarding their flights to Australia and would be subjected to further testing on arrival and daily during a 14-day period of quarantine. "Upon completion of that review he was cleared to fly", read the statement.

Another added: "Imagine ruining an worldwide tournament and putting a country of millions at risk for Tennys Sandgren".

On Wednesday, almost 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) from Melbourne, the qualifying tournament was completed for the tournament, with 16 men and 16 women set to join the singles main draw.

Those playing in this year's Australian Open must complete a two-week quarantine upon landing in the country.


Jones has ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia, which means she was born with three fingers and a thumb on each hand, three toes on her right foot and four toes on her left.

Murray has been given a wild-card entry into the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021.

Murray, a five-time Australian Open runner-up, earlier backed out of the Delray Beach Open in Florida to "minimize the risks" of contracting the virus through global travel.

Players are due to touch down in Melbourne on chartered planes from seven cities, although the game's biggest stars, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, will arrive in Adelaide and quarantine there.


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