To not take any health risk before going to the Australian Open, where he is invited, the former world No. 1 and triple Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, 33, had preferred to avoid a trip to the Delray Beach tournament (United States).
Bad luck for the Scotsman, who chose to train at the National Tennis Center in Roehampton. A mini-cluster has indeed declared itself in the training center of the English federation, located south of London. As a result, the five-time finalist in Melbourne, now 123rd at ATP, was declared positive for Covid-19 a few days ago and was forced to at least postpone his departure.
Murray, who thought he had already contracted the virus last spring, has put himself in self-isolation at his home in Surrey and is reportedly showing only mild symptoms. In any case, there is no question of taking a seat in one of the 18 charter flights specially set up by the organizers to transport the players and their staff until January 17.
The Briton, who almost announced his retirement two years ago due to serious hip problems, is hoping he can be allowed to join Victoria state when he turns negative again. Nothing is lost.
No Moya for Nadal
The American Tennys Sandgren has just been authorized to embark in Los Angeles, direction Melbourne, although he is positive! Sandgren had already been affected by Covid-19 last November and provided medical evidence showing that he was not contagious. In front of the incomprehension, even the discontent, which began to mount, the organizers explained that his case had been “carefully examined, with a very detailed medical file”. “A person cannot travel without recent proof of a negative test or a certification from the competent authorities that he is not contagious,” the statement from the Australian federation continued. Either way, Murray will need to be able to watch the inevitable fortnight before the Australian Open, which starts on February 8. Non-negotiable condition.
Thus Carlos Moya, Rafael Nadal’s coach, will not make the trip to the world n ° 2, who will be assisted by Francisco Roig. “My intention was to be present from the start of the Australian Open, as usual, but the Australian government does not allow separate travel and arrivals at the start of the tournament,” says the former winner of Roland-Garros, which will stay with the family in front of his TV …