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Australian Open campaign in doubt following positive coronavirus test

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Former world No.1 Andy Murray is in doubt for next one open from Australia after testing positive for COVID-19.

Several reports from England say Murray, who was due to fly to Melbourne on a chartered flight within the next 36 hours, will now be forced to stay in London.

The 33-year-old is reportedly currently in segregation at his home.

It is understood that the five-time Australian Open finalist is hopeful that he can still compete by traveling to Australia at a later date.

This year’s Australian Open tournament has been postponed for three weeks, with a start date delayed on February 8 due to the pandemic.

The now ranked world No.123 has received a wildcard from Australian Open officials to participate in this year’s tournament.

His return to the tournament will come two years after his last meeting with the Melbourne crowds in this he thought at the time that it would be his last professional tennis match due to a hip injury.

The three-time Grand Slam champion underwent hip resurfacing shortly after, which allowed him to make his return to top tennis.

The organizers of the Australian Open have chartered 15 flights, with around 1,200 players, support staff and tennis officials arriving in Australia as of today.

Earlier today, controversial American tennis star Tennys Sandgren sent Australian Open officials into the merger after being cleared to board a plane to Melbourne despite testing positive for COVID-19.

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