When news broke on the 14th of January that Andy Murray had tested positive for Covid-19 it did look extremely unlikely that he would be heading to Melbourne to kick off his 2021 season.
The Brit has put soo much work over the last few months since he last played in October of last year to be ready for the first major of the year where he has been runner-up five times but sadly it won’t be this year.
International flights to and from Australia are few and far between at this time and players were flown in on chartered flights by Tennis Australia and there seemed to be a possibility of extra flights.
Murray did say that constructive talks had been made with Australian Open CEO Craig Tiley but could not come to an agreement over quarantine and travel.
In current rules, Murray would have to test negative, fly out and arrive but just a week before The Australian Open is due to begin.
Andy Murray had this to say on his withdrawal:
“Gutted to share that I won’t be flying out to Australia to compete at the Australian Open.
“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.”
It is possible the next time we see Murray will potentially be in Montpellier or in early March in Rotterdam.