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 say that Murray, who was set to fly to Melbourne on a chartered flight within the next 36 hours, will now be forced to remain in London.
The 33-year-old is said to be currently isolating at home.
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.
This year’s Australian Open tournament was pushed back by three weeks, with a delayed start date of February 8 due to the pandemic.
The now-ranked world No.123 was handed a wildcard from Australian Open officials to feature in this year’s tournament.
His return to the tournament will come two years after he last played for Melbourne crowds in what he thought at the time would be his final professional tennis match due to a hip injury.
The three-time Grand Slam champion shortly after underwent a hip resurfacing surgery, which enabled him to make his return to top-level tennis.
Australian Open organisers have chartered 15 flights, with around 1200 players, support staff and tennis officials arriving in Australia from today.
Earlier today, controversial US tennis star Tennys Sandgren sent Australian Open officials into meltdown after he was allowed onto a plane destined for Melbourne despite testing positive for COVID-19.
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