Murray tests positive for COVID, doubts his participation in Australian Open

Tennis player Andy Murray before the match against Swiss Stan Wawrinka, Roland Garros, Paris, France, September 27, 2020. REUTERS / Charles Platiau

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Former world tennis number one Andy Murray has tested positive for the coronavirus and his participation in next month’s Australian Open is in doubt, local media reported Thursday.

The 33-year-old Murray, who is self-isolating and in good health, received an invitation to play in the main draw at the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne and still hopes to compete in the tournament, the reports added.

However, that could prove difficult as players and umpires will have to arrive in Australia during a 36-hour window from Thursday and must serve a mandatory 14-day isolation.

The players, who will be able to spend five hours out of their rooms during the quarantine to train, will then play warm-up matches at Melbourne Park from January 31, before the Australian Open begins on February 8.

Tournament organizer Tennis Australia was not immediately available to comment on the situation. Murray is currently ranked 123rd in the world rankings.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, withdrew from the Delray Beach Open, which kicked off the season in Florida earlier this month, to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.

The Scottish tennis player underwent hip surgery in early 2019, but returned to win the title in Antwerp nine months later.

He missed most of the 2020 season due to complications with his hip and struggled to regain shape on his return from the COVID-19 hiatus, suffering a loss in the second round of the U.S. Open before falling into the Roland Garros first round.

(Reporting by Kate Holton in London and Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)

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