British Tennis player Andy Murray who was all set to take part in upcoming Australian Open has been tested positive for COVID-19 a day before he was about to leave Britain. This news was confirmed by Australian Open official to Associated Press on Thursday.
The three-time Grand Slam champion is isolating at home and still hopes to compete in Australia when it is safe to travel, the source close to him said.
However Murray being the top player has been granted wild card entry into the first upcoming tennis event of 2021.
Also Australian Open has been delayed three weeks because of COVID-19 restrictions and it is all set to start from February 8th 2021. All the players and officials who will be taking part in the competition will have to serve mandatory quarantine protocol for 14 days once they reach Australia.
However Murray who has ended as runner up five times in Australian Open till date pulled out his name from Delray Beach Open in Florida in order to safeguard himself with COVID-19 as in America number of COVID-19 cases is huge as compare to rest of the world.
The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. It is one of the four mega tennis events or Grand Slam events held every year followed By French Open, Wimbeldon and US Open. Different category which is played in Australian Open in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, Junior Championships, wheelchair, Legends and exhibition events.
Before 1988 Australian Open was played on Grass court but since then hard court surfaces has been used to play Australian Open tennis events. From 1905 onwards Australian Open has grown from strength to strength over the years to become one of the most important Tennis events in the World often known as “the happy slam” and often referred as Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific. Rod Laver Arena, John Cain Arena and the refurbished Margaret Court Arena equipped with retractable roofs is primarily used to play matches for Australian Open.