By CAPosts 14 January, 2021 - 05:04am 37 views
Murray, during a game at Roland Garros last September.CHARLES PLATIAU / Reuters
Andy Murray's presence at the next edition of the Australian Open, to be held from February 8-21, is more than questioned. According to the English media, the Scottish tennis player has tested positive for covid-19, which a priori would exclude him from the great Australian according to the protocol determined by the Australian Federation and the country's authorities.
Murray, 33 years old and former number one, He is at home and had planned to travel to Melbourne on one of the 18 charter flights chartered by the tournament organization. Now, however, his chances of participating in the first Grand Slam of the season are considerably reduced, as regulations require professionals to enter the country between January 15 and 16
Intervened several times on the hip and currently in the 123rd position on the world list, Dunblane's was going to compete as a guest. Precisely, two years ago he said goodbye to the circuit on the central court of Melbourne Park, due to his multiple injuries, but later he decided to gradually return with the aim of speeding up his career.
Winner of three majors (2012 US Open and Wimbledon 2012 and 2016), as well as two Olympic golds and the Davis Cup, Murray will not play unless the Australian government makes an exception and allows him to enter the country later. Something that cannot be ruled out, given the references of the last hours. The American Tennys Sandrgren contracted the virus in November and tested positive in the last test before going to Melbourne, but specialists consider that there is no risk of contagion.
The Chilean Nicolás Massú will not be able to travel to the Antipodes. Dominic Thiem's coach has not passed the test and will not be able to guide the Austrian from the bench. He thus joins the absence of Carlos Moyá, Rafael Nadal's coach , although in his case it is because the authorities do not authorize him to travel separately and land in the prelude to the tournament.
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