ATP Challenger Biella: Andy Murray begins season with win at second-tier Challenger occasion, 16,000km away from Australian Open

ATP Challenger Biella: Andy Murray begins season with win at second-tier Challenger occasion, 16,000km away from Australian Open

Three-time Main winner Murray, now ranked 124 after battling a pelvic damage which had compromised his makes an attempt to rebuild his profession after hip surgical procedure, solely performed seven official matches in 2020

ATP Challenger Biella: Andy Murray begins season with win at second-tier Challenger event, 16,000km away from Australian Open

Andy Murray returns to Maximilian Marterer throughout their first spherical tennis match on the ATP Challenger match in Biella. AFP

Biella: 5-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray started his season on Tuesday with a 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Germany’s Maximilian Marterer within the second-tier Challenger occasion at Biella in northern Italy.

As a substitute of competing along with his friends 16,000km (9,942 miles) away in Melbourne, Murray obtained a wildcard into the indoor match after a constructive COVID-19 check left him unable to journey to Australia for the 12 months’s first Grand Slam.

The occasion within the foothills of the Italian Alps carries a modest total purse of just below 45,000 euros ($54,000) in comparison with the $2.1 million on provide to the winner at Melbourne Park.

Three-time main winner Murray, now ranked 124 after battling a pelvic damage which had compromised his makes an attempt to rebuild his profession after hip surgical procedure, solely performed seven official matches in 2020.

The previous World No 1, who had initially been given an Australian Open wildcard, was livid at lacking the match and believes he turned contaminated with COVID-19 on the Nationwide Tennis Centre in London.

Murray, 33, revealed he was “fairly unwell” and had handed the virus onto his spouse Kim and their three younger kids.

The previous Wimbledon and US Open champion stated he was satisfied he picked up the virus on the Nationwide Tennis Centre, elevating questions on COVID protocols at a facility the place most of Britain’s elite tennis gamers educated throughout the pandemic.

Nevertheless, the Garden Tennis Affiliation insisted in a press release that “stringent and acceptable restrictions” had been utilized.

 

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