Published: Thu, January 14, 2021
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Andy Murray's Australian Open in doubt after positive Covid-19 test

Andy Murray's Australian Open in doubt after positive Covid-19 test

"Victorian Government public health experts assess each case based on additional detailed medical records to ensure they are not infectious before checking in to the charter flights".

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

Tennys Sandgren has tested positive to Covid-19 but says he's totally healthy.

Andy Murray's status for the Australian Open was put in doubt Thursday after he tested positive for the coronavirus only days before his planned charter flight to Melbourne.

Another added: "Imagine ruining an worldwide tournament and putting a country of millions at risk for Tennys Sandgren". "Upon completion of that review he was cleared to fly".

The Australian Open was delayed three weeks because of COVID-19 restrictions and is set to begin February 8.

On Wednesday, almost 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) from Melbourne, the qualifying tournament was completed for the tournament, with 16 men and 16 women set to join the singles main draw.

"I'd like to thank the Brandplus team of Bharat Godkhindi, Kay Godkhindi and Sagari Godkhindi and all their staff for organising women's qualifying in Dubai, and to the Doha team of Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Karim Alami and the Qatar Tennis Federation who have led the charge to help us stage the men's event".

The 35-year-old father of two said he didn't yet know just what 2021 will hold for him.

Six women and six men will also travel to Australia as lucky losers and undergo mandatory quarantine like the rest of the worldwide players, hoping to get a place in the main draw as cover for injuries or withdrawals.

Murray has been given a wild-card entry into the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021.

The 15 flights will be at no more than 25% capacity, and will arrive over a 36-hour period ending early Saturday.

However, the world No.50 was then allowed to join the delayed flight, calling Australian Open boss Craig Tiley a "wizard".

Novak Djokovic is the defending men's champion and Sofia Kenin is the women's defending champion.

They will quarantine in a hotel there before an exhibition event at Memorial Drive on January 29 in the South Australian capital, featuring eight of the world's top players.

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