Former World Number one Andy Murray said on Friday that he will not be competing in the upcoming Australian Open after failing to find “Workable Quarantine” after his recovery from coronavirus. However Murray who recovered from coronavirus was supposed to compete in the first Grand Slam of the year.
Murray has finished as runner up in Australian Open in the past and was granted permission by the Australian Open official to participate in the first mega event of the year once he recovers from the virus. But Murray due to hard quarantine protocol has opted to not participate in the Australian Open this year.
“Gutted to share that I won’t be flying out to Australia to compete at the Australian Open,” Murray said.
“We’ve been in constant dialogue with Tennis Australia to try and find a solution which would allow some form of workable quarantine, but we couldn’t make it work.
“I want to thank everyone there for their efforts; I’m devastated not to be playing out in Australia. It’s a country and tournament that I love.”
After heading to Australia, 72 players set to compete in the tournament have been largely confined to their rooms for two weeks after passengers on their flights tested positive. Players can only leave their rooms for a few hours a day to practice.
His last Grand Slam participation came when he won Wimbeldon in 2016.