Andy Murray tests positive for virus before Australian Open

Andy Murray of Britain hits a forehand against Richard Gasquet of France during first-round play at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason Ohio. — AP  File

Under tournament protocols agreed with Australian government authorities, all players had to 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.

Murray has been given a wild-card entry into the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021. "And of course, that wouldn't be the case for Australia this year", Isner said after falling to fellow American Sebastian Korda in the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach Open in Florida.

The Australian Open will start at Melbourne Park on February 8 and run until February 21.

Sandgren sent out a series of tweets before his departure from Los Angeles, initially saying he had tested positive on Monday and would miss his flight.

The No. 50-ranked Sandgren got an exemption after Australian health officials assessed his case history.

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.

The 33-year-old Briton is still hopeful of being able to travel to Australia later than planned and taking part in the first grand slam of the year. She said she is self-isolating at home.

"Some people who have recovered from Covid-19 and who are non-infectious can continue to shed the virus for several months", Tennis Australia tweeted.

Tennis Australia (TA) would not comment specifically on Sandgren's situation but said it was following Victorian Government guidelines on players being allowed to fly to Melbourne.

The first players contesting the Australian Open are scheduled to arrive in Melbourne this evening.

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.

Murray is now ranked No. 123 after several years of battling hip injuries and surgery.

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