Former world No.1 Andy Murray gave the Australian Open final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev a miss, saying the disappointment of not being allowed to play in the event saw him switch off the TV when matches were shown.

“I didn’t watch it. I was practising and I watched very little of the Australian Open,” Murray said.

“I didn’t watch any because I wanted to be there myself. It was a struggle. I stopped following all the tennis players I follow on social media because I just didn’t want to see it.”

Murray has been training and playing in Italy and says he is now pain free and keen to get back on the ATP tour.

“I’ve been playing and practising with guys that are between 20 and 60-70 in the world and doing absolutely fine,” Murray said.

“Providing I can stay fit for a period of time and get good practice and matches in, I don’t see why I won’t be able to compete with the best players. I wish I was able to show that in Australia because, no question, I was ready to do that.”

Murray said he was still upset and not being allowed to travel to Melbourne after testing positive for Covid-19.

“The issue is you can still test positive three to four months after you’ve had the virus,” he said.


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