Andy Murray’s joining in at the Australian Open is in doubt after he tested positive for coronavirus.
The 33 years old was set to fly out to Melbourne on a chartered flight arriving there over the next 36 hours. Instead, he remains in quarantine and isolating at home in London.
Murray is hopeful that he’ll be allowed to travel safely at a later date and compete as planned.
The Australian Open will start on 8 February at Melbourne Park. This is three weeks later than usual, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Players must test negative before taking one of the 15 chartered flights.
Once they have arrived, they will have to pass a series of Covid tests. Players will also have quarantine for 14-day in Melbourne before the Grand Slam.
“Mr Murray, and the other 1,240 people as part of the program, need to demonstrate that if they’re coming to Melbourne they have returned a negative test,” said Victorian state health minister Martin Foley.
“So should Mr Murray arrive, and I have no indication that he will, he will be subject to those same rigorous arrangements as everyone else. Should he test positive prior to his attempts to come to Australia, he will be refused.”