Experienced British tennis player Andy Murray had a positive test for COVID-19 just a few days before his planned flight to Australia.
The three-time Grand Slam champion has isolated himself at home, according to a source close to the AP, and believes he will be able to overcome the coronavirus soon enough to finally fly to Melbourne and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine before the Australian Open. The first grand slam tournament of the season should start on February 8.
Health-stricken Andy Murray did not win his participation in the AO on the basis of his position in the ATP rankings, despite his qualification, but he received a free card from the event organizers. Last year, the 33-year-old Glasgow native was absent from Melbourne, knocked out in the first round of the men’s singles at the Roland Garros in Paris and the second round at the New York US Open.
Andy Murray fought for the singles final in Melbourne up to five times, but did not lift the winning trophy once.
Schmiedlová will wait for luck
Slovak tennis player Anna Karolína Schmiedlová is traveling to Melbourne despite her failure in the final of the qualification. According to the official website of the Slovak Tennis Association (STZ), the draw assigned her the role of the second substitute.
“Thank you to everyone who kept their fingers crossed for me during the qualification for the first grand slam tournament of the year. I fought and did everything I could. Qualifying for the Australian Open was played unconventionally in Dubai, which was a very strange feeling. It was impossible to plan whether I would leave the house for a week or for two months. It was played differently than in Australia and we are still very far from Melbourne. The main thing, however, is that I was able to fully train and play some matches and tournaments, “stz.sk quotes a 26-year-old native of Košice.
In the final of the qualification, she lost to Hungary by Team Babos, yet she will fly to Australia.
“I was among the top 4 players with the best renking in the final of the qualification and among them the order for substitutes was drawn. lucky-loser. I finished third, one player has already logged out, so now I am the second substitute. Of course, I would have preferred if I had won with Babosová and I would have qualified properly, but even so it is a great chance, “revealed the joyful news of the Slovak women’s number two in the WTA rankings.
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