Andy Murray ‘tests positive for coronavirus’ just weeks ahead of Australian Open
Tennis star Andy Murray tests positive for COVID-19 days before he is due to fly to Melbourne for the Australian
Open – and now faces a race against time to play in the season’s first Grand Slam
The 33-year-old Brit had been preparing for the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open. He was due to
travel to Australia on one of the 18 charter flights laid on by tournament organizers but is still isolating at home,
according to Mail Online.
There has been a minor outbreak at Roehampton’s National Tennis Centre in the past week, where the bulk
of his recent training has been done, with fellow British player Paul Jubb known to have also contracted Covid.
Murray, who believed he had caught the disease in the first outbreak during the spring last year, is still holding
out hope that he may yet be allowed to travel to the tournament, which begins on February 8.
He has already been self-isolating for several days and the Australian Open is trying to provide some leeway
within its strict quarantine rules to get players and staff there.
An LTA spokesperson confirmed: “An individual using the NTC has returned a positive Covid-19 test result.
“We have established processes in place for this eventuality and have traced those who have been in contact with
the individual, interviewed them, and asked them to self-isolate for 10 days.
“Public Health England have been notified and we are ensuring processes are being followed, including
additional deep cleaning, to ensure that the NTC remains a Covid-secure venue.”
Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray is a five-time finalist at the Melbourne event.