Positive swab for Andy Murray

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Positive swab for Andy Murray

Scottish Andy Murray tested positive for Coronavirus: the 33-years-old from Glasgow should have left for Australia in the past few hours, but his plans have now radically changed. Today in isolation, Andy risks not being able to take part in the first Grand Slam of the season, starting on February 8th: he should in fact prove to be healed in a very short time, providing a negative result as soon as possible.

Perhaps his only chance is to show up in Melbourne on a private flight.

Murray's achievements in Melbourne

Born in 1987, Andy participated in the Australian Open for the first time in his career at the age of 19 in 2006, exiting in the first round against Juan Ignacio Chela.

The following year, from 15th seed, Murray pushed himself up to the round of 16 after eliminating Alberto Martin, Fernando Verdasco and taking revenge on Chela, before losing in a hard-fought match that ended in the fifth set against Rafael Nadal.

In 2008 he was immediately stopped by the future finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while in 2009 he returned to the second round before going out against Verdasco, author of a spectacular tournament. The following year saw the first final in Melbourne, lost to Swiss Roger Federer in three sets.

In 2011 he lost again in the last game, this time against Novak Djokovic. In 2012 he was stopped in the semifinals by Djokovic himself, after being two sets to one ahead. In the years 2013-2016 he was able to reach the final three more times, always making up for his defeats against the Serbian champion.

In 2014 he was unable to make it through the quarterfinals, surprised by Federer. A bsent three years ago and in the last edition, Murray made the round of 16 in 2017 and first round in 2019, respectively defeated by Alexander Zverev and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Overall, the former world number one has a record of 48 wins and 13 losses in Melbourne. The Coronavirus pandemic that broke out in 2020 resulted in nearly two million deaths worldwide, infecting more than 90 million people.

The greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.

It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world. Roger Federer, after he said he will not play the Australian Slam, should come back on the court, for the joy of his fans, at the end of February or at the beginning of March.

The new season has yet to begin but there is already a desire to put a disastrous 2020 behind us from all points of view and start the new year with the first Grand Slam of the year in the hope that the pandemic can slowly regress and bring back the planet to live seriously and also allow the world of sport to perform in front of the general crowd.