Andy Murray’s chances of participating in the Australian Open have been thrown into doubt after the tennis star tested positive for coronavirus.
The Scot was due to travel to Australia on one of the 18 charter flights laid on by tournament organisers but is still isolating at home.
Murray, who is said to be in good health, is hoping to be able to arrive in Australia at a later date and participate in the year’s first grand slam, which begins on February 8 in Melbourne.
Murray and his team are working closely with tournament director Craig Tiley to try to come up with an acceptable solution.
Tournament organisers spent several months negotiating an arrangement that was acceptable to local and national government agencies regarding the admission of more than 1,000 tennis players and associated personnel to Australia.
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Players are due to begin arriving in the country within the next 24 hours.
They will then complete a two-week period of quarantine, during which they are allowed out of their rooms to practise for five hours a day.
They were told that a positive test prior to flying would mean they were not allowed to travel to Australia.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray’s planned appearance at Melbourne Park will come two years after he played there in what he feared would be his final match as a professional.
The 33-year-old is ranked too low to gain direct entry into the tournament so he has been given a wildcard.
He was able to play only seven official matches in 2020 because of a lingering pelvic injury, and the five-month suspension of the tours because of the pandemic.