Nothing for Andy Murray. The former world number one will be forced to miss the Australian Open 2021 due to COVID-19 positivity. Murray was supposed to travel to Melbourne with the other players by January 15th to undergo the quarantine imposed by the local government, but after testing positive on his last swab, he was unable to take one of the flights organized by Tennis Australia.
"Andy is fine, the quarantine period is about to end and the plan is to resume training. So we just have to wait and see if he can fly to Australia somehow. This is something we don't know yet. " As evidenced by the words of Judy Murray, Andy's mother, Tennis Australia and the organizers of the Australian Open have tried to find an alternative solution to allow the three-time Grand Slam champion to participate in the tournaments at the beginning of 2021.
Alternative solution which unfortunately was not accepted by the local government authorities. "We talked constantly with Tennis Australia to find a solution that would allow me to follow the delayed quarantine. Unfortunately we did not succeed."
These were Murray's words immediately after receiving the sad news.
Andy Murray will not play the 2021 Australian Open
Meanwhile, Matt Little, who has always been one of the most important figures within Murray's team, talked about the anomalous preparation the players will be preparing for the Australian Open.
"Tennis players are different from all of us. We become stiff when we do some exercise, they become stiff when they are forced to stop. They are like a sports car that is not used. If they stop moving and exercising, many problems can arise.
Such preparation is a disaster for them, especially for the Grand Slam tournaments. The most dangerous blow in this sense is certainly the serve. The players may have some back issues when they get back to their routine."
Andy played 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 they lost again in their last match, 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. Absent 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.