Murray, Keys test COVID positive before Australian Open

Andy Murray (photo: Florian Heer)

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2021 (by Michael Dickens)

On Thursday, news broke that both three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray of Great Britain and Madison Keys from the United States had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Australian Open confirmed reports that Murray “will be unable to join the official AO charter flights arriving in Australia in the coming days to go through the quarantine period with the other players.”

Murray, who has spent recent weeks training at the LTA National Tennis Centre in Roehampton where he played in the most recent Battle of the Brits competition and scored a couple of wins against Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie, is at home self-isolating. Murray is believed to be experiencing only minor symptoms.

Keys revealed through her social media channels that she was “very disappointed to not be able to play in the coming weeks after training hard in the off-season and knowing Tennis Australia and the tours did so much to make these events happen.”

Although not explicitly stated that either Murray or Keys is out of the Australian Open, the clear implication was that neither player can compete in the next month’s first Grand Slam tournament of the 2021 season.

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On Thursday, social media was buzzing a variety of players wrote on Twitter and Instagram that they were either airborne or had arrived in Melbourne to begin their mandatory 14-days of quarantine in advance of competing in the Australian Open, which commences February 8.

Daria Kasatkina and Stan Wawrinka posted photographs of themselves on social media inside their respective aircraft charted by Tennis Australia to shuttle them Down Under. Each of the players appeared to be in good spirits. Undoubtedly, having to be shuttered inside their hotel rooms for 19 hours a day (they will be allowed to train during the other five) will be a daunting challenge for even the fittest.


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