Andy Murray has reportedly examined constructive for coronavirus, placing his participation in subsequent month’s Australian Open unsure.
Murray had been planning to fly to Melbourne this week to start a two-week quarantine required by the event, which begins Feb. 8, three weeks later than ordinary due to the pandemic.
Underneath guidelines agreed to by the event and Australia’s authorities, gamers, coaches and anybody else touring to the occasion should return a unfavorable virus check earlier than departing. Extra testing — and strict guidelines about motion, housing and enjoying — await upon arrival.
Murray, who was reported to be not exhibiting any signs of Covid-19, was mentioned to be hopeful he may nonetheless be capable to play within the event.
A 3-time Grand Slam single champion, Murray, 33, has fallen to No. 123 on this planet rankings after enjoying solely a handful of matches in 2020 due to a pelvic damage. He acquired a wild card to this yr’s Australian Open, the place he’s a five-time runner-up.
The event has put in place strict guidelines to attempt to restrict the unfold of the virus as lots of of gamers and their entourages, in addition to information media members and different help employees, arrive within the nation from world wide. Bubbles might be arrange for all the things from housing to coaching, and gamers and others might be topic to every day virus testing.
Through the 14-day quarantine interval after they arrive in Australia, gamers will be capable to go away their lodge rooms to work out for not more than 5 hours a day at a safe facility. The Victoria authorities mentioned lots of of employees members had been employed to take care of the wants of these within the quarantine resorts, and that the police would play a task in imposing quarantine guidelines.
Qualifying for the Australian Open has been going down in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Some gamers have merely stayed house. The American John Isner, ranked No. 25, mentioned he wouldn’t play within the occasion as a result of the quarantine measures would maintain him away from his household for too lengthy.
No. 5 Roger Federer may also miss the occasion, citing knee issues. Many of the different top-ranked males’s gamers are nonetheless planning to attend.
The American Tennys Sandgren, ranked No. 50, flew to Australia regardless of a latest constructive check. He acquired particular clearance after well being officers decided that he was not infectious, as a result of he confirmed no signs and had beforehand examined constructive for the virus in November. “Some individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 and who’re noninfectious can proceed to shed the virus for a number of months,” the event mentioned.
After a spike in August, Australia has largely contained the virus by means of strict border closings lockdowns and different measures. The nation is at the moment averaging about 20 new instances a day.