Andy Murray tests positive for COVID-19, hopeful for Australian Open

Andy Murray in action ahead of the ATP Cologne Indoors

The tournament officials issued a prompt clarification stating that Sandgren was allowed to travel to Australia after consultations with medical authorities regarding his positive test results.

Sixteen women including two-time Australian Open and Roland Garros doubles champion Timea Babos (HUN), Australian Open 2012 quarterfinalist and former world No.1 doubles player and Roland Garros 2012 finalist Sara Errani (ITA), Wimbledon 2010 semifinalist and US Open 2020 quarterfinalist Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) and inspiring British star Francesca Jones will make the trip down under after qualifying in Dubai.

Sandgren later tweeted to clarify: "My two tests were less than (eight) weeks (apart)".

Murray is now isolating at his home in Surrey, England, and it's unsure whether he'll be granted permission to compete in next month's event. "I was sick in November, totally healthy now", Sandgren tweeted.

Following criticism on Twitter, the world No. 50 said: "There's not a single documented case where I would be contagious at this point".

Andy Murray's participation in the Australian Open is in doubt after it was announced on Thursday he had tested positive for coronavirus.

One possible chink of light - from the perspective of Murray's Australian Open chances - is that the American player Tennys Sandgren was revealed this morning to have travelled to Melbourne despite testing positive for Covid-19. "Upon completion of that review he was cleared to fly". The tournament is set to run from February 8-21.

The 33-year-old Scot made a teary retirement announcement in Melbourne two years ago before undergoing a second round of surgeries to extend his career.

Murray needed a wild card into the Australian Open draw as his world ranking is now 123.

John Isner will not play the 2021 Australian Open.

Keys also added that she wasn't hoping to wait to find out if she could travel late to Australia and get a chance to play the first Major of the year.

Under tournament protocols agreed with Australian government authorities, all players had to return a negative test before boarding their flights to Australia and would be subjected to further testing on arrival and daily during a 14-day period of quarantine.

Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will be among a group of players involved in an exhibition event in Adelaide, South Australia state, on January 29.

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