Andy Murray’s place as an Australian Open wild card looks to be in danger after the five-time finalist tested positive for COVID-19.
The BBC on Thursday revealed that the 33-year-old who was just hours away from boarding a special player flight to Melbourne prior to 14 days in hotel-room isolation, has gone into personal quarantine at home in Surrey near London.
The verdict was another blow to the comeback of the former No. 1 who has yet to make a full return after two hip surgeries over recent seasons.
As he is so far showing no symptoms, Murray is hopeful of being allowed to Melbourne at a later date in time for the delayed February 8 start of the locked-down Grand Slam.
Ironically, Murray had withdrawn from a wild card entry to last week’s ATP Delray event in virus-rife Florida to minimise any chance of compromising his Australian summer of tennis.
He is at least the second No. 1 to have come up positive after Novak Djokovic in June.
The 122nd-ranked Murray last competed in Australia in 2019, losing a five-set first-round battle with Roberto Bautista Agut and then tearfully announcing that his hip injury might force him to quit the game.