TENNIS

Murray major Australian Open doubt after positive covid-19 test

Following a positive covid-19 test ahead of his flight to Melbourne, Andy Murray is now a major doubt for this year's Australian Open.

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Murray in doubt for Australian Open after positive COVID-19 test

Andy Murray's participation at the Australian Open is in doubt following a positive covid-19 test.

Three-time grand slam champion Murray remains in good health but is isolating at home.

FILE PHOTO: Davis Cup FinalsFILE PHOTO: Tennis - Davis Cup Finals - Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain - November 20, 2019 Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his match against Netherlands' Tallon Griekspoor REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

The 33-year-old Briton is still hopeful of being able to travel to Australia later than planned and taking part in the first grand slam of the year.

Murray received a wildcard for the Australian Open, where he has been a runner-up on five occasions.

It is set to be the Briton's first participation at Melbourne Park since announcing after a first-round loss in 2019 that his career was in the balance due to a persistent hip injury.

The Australian Open is scheduled to get under way on February 8.

Rafael Nadal will be without his coach Carlos Moya due to the pandemic, while Dominic Thiem's coach Nicolas Massu tested positive before travelling to Australia.

It is still hoped that Massu can make the trip following a negative result.