Andy Murray's Australian Open campaign in doubt following positive COVID-19 test

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2021

The first players arrive in Melbourne on Thursday night, while mega-stars including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem are on a separate charter that will fly direct to Adelaide.

Tennis Australia said Sandgren, like all of the 1200-strong global contingent, would be tested every day at their three hotels during the 14-day quarantine period.

Tiley, the Australian Open tournament director, has spent months trying to deal with the logistical nightmares of hosting the Grand Slam during a pandemic.

The American, a quarterfinalist at last year's tournament, had been ill and tested positive for the virus in November but returned another positive test earlier this week while feeling "totally healthy". "There's not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point".

Organisers Tennis Australia were not immediately available to comment.

Andy Murray's participation at the Australian Open is in doubt following a positive COVID-19 test. "Upon completion of that review he was cleared to fly", read the statement.

On Wednesday, almost 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) from Melbourne, the qualifying tournament was completed for the tournament, with 16 men and 16 women set to join the singles main draw.

A further six women and six men will travel to Australia as Lucky Losers and undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine with the rest of the global players.

Jones has ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia, which means she was born with three fingers and a thumb on each hand, three toes on her right foot and four toes on her left.

On the men's side qualifiers include 17-year-old ATP Newcomer of the Year Carlos Alcaraz (ESP), former world No.12 Viktor Troicki (SRB), USA's Michael Mmoh, Elias Ymer (SWE) and Australia's Bernard Tomic (Qld) have earned their AO main draw spots after qualifying in Doha.

The players, who will be allowed to spend five hours outside their rooms during quarantine for training purposes, will then play warm-up events at Melbourne Park from Jan 31 before the Australian Open starts on Feb 8.

The Australian Open draw will be conducted on Thursday 4 February.

They will quarantine in a hotel there before an exhibition event at Memorial Drive on January 29 in the South Australian capital, featuring eight of the world's top players. All other tournaments will be in Melbourne, including the 12-team ATP Cup starting February 1 and two WTA events in the week leading into the Australian Open.

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