sports

Andy Murray's Australian Open hopes amid Covid positive and ongoing negotiations


Judy Murray has revealed Andy Murray is out of isolation following his positive Covid-19 test before a decision on his participation at the Australian Open.

The double Olympic champion could not join the special charter flights Down Under last week after failing his test.

Murray, who is still at home in Surrey, would need to pass a test and then be granted special dispensation to arrive late and then complete his two-week quarantine before the first Grand Slam of the season.

Negotiations are understood to be continuing between Murray’s camp and Australian Open organisers.

The Scot will need to leave in the next few days to arrive Down Under in time and former Wimbledon doubles champion Todd Woodbridge has claimed it is “highly unlikely” he will go.

Former Fed Cup captain Judy Murray told BBC Breakfast: “I understand will be out of isolation today though we will have to see what happens with the Australian Open.”



Andy Murray in action in 2020
Will Murray be able to head to Melbourne?

At least 72 players are in hard lockdown in Melbourne after arriving on planes where individuals tested positive.

But Jamie Murray is allowed to leave his hotel room for five hours a day during his two-week quarantine.

Judy Murray added: “He is one of the fortunate ones on a clear flight which means he can go out of his hotel room for five hours a day.

“He gets a knock on the door at 6.30 in the morning. He can walk across to the courts, practice for a couple of hours, and 90 minutes of gym and 60 minutes of food.

“And then walk back to the hotel and he is back at the hotel at 11.30 and that is him in for the rest of the day.



Andy Murray with his mum, Judy
Andy Murray remains in the UK

“But he is in a more fortunate position than a lot of the players, including Heather Watson, who are really locked down for 14 days now 24/7 and are making the best of whatever is in their room to do whatever physical training they are able to.

Australian Open director Craig Tiley has defended the “preferential treatment” given to top stars quarantining in Adelaide.

Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic will play in a mini tournament on January 29 – and have less strict conditions before then including hotel rooms with balconies.

Tiley said: “I get the feeling it is perceived as preferential treatment. But they’re the top players in the world.

“My general rule is that if you’re at the top of the game, a Grand Slam champion, it’s just the nature of the business – you are going to get a better deal.”

Japan’s world No.117 Taro Daniel said: “People in Adelaide are being able to hit with four people on court, so there’s some resentment towards that as well.”





READ SOURCE

Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.  Learn more