Australian Open 2021: Former world No 1 Andy Murray ‘pissed off’ over lacking occasion on account of COVID-19

Australian Open 2021: Former world No 1 Andy Murray ‘pissed off’ over lacking occasion on account of COVID-19

The three-time Grand Slam winner, a five-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, was unable to journey to Australia after recording a optimistic take a look at over the Christmas interval.

Australian Open 2021: Former world No 1 Andy Murray ‘pissed off’ over missing event due to COVID-19

Andy Murray in a file picture. AFP

Melbourne: Former world primary Andy Murray says he is livid at lacking the Australian Open and believes he grew to become contaminated with COVID-19 on the Nationwide Tennis Centre in London.

The three-time Grand Slam winner, a five-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, was unable to journey to Australia after recording a optimistic take a look at over the Christmas interval.

Murray revealed he was “fairly sick” and had handed the virus onto his spouse Kim and their three younger youngsters.

“I used to be pissed off that I missed the event and wasn’t capable of go to Australia from a private perspective,” he advised British media from Italy, the place he’s as a substitute getting ready for his return at a second-tier Challenger occasion.

“However then the broader, extra vital level is that it isn’t nearly a tennis event when I’m going again and giving the virus to all of my household and infecting them. I care about that rather a lot.”

The previous Wimbledon and US Open champion mentioned 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 skilled through the pandemic.

“I could not choose it up wherever else as a result of I hadn’t left my home or the NTC for 10 weeks, after which there have been some optimistic circumstances there,” mentioned Murray.

“I actually could not have picked it up from my household as a result of they have been all unfavorable.”

British primary Dan Evans, who received the Murray River Open in Melbourne on Sunday, mentioned he had been nervous about visiting the centre earlier than leaving for Australia.

“I imply, it was — clearly the virus received into the centre by some means,” he mentioned.

“You understand, I believe as with something, individuals calm down a bit as a result of I do not suppose there was actually any circumstances there. I believe Christmas interval and the New 12 months interval possibly slackened a little bit bit.”

The Garden Tennis Affiliation (LTA) insisted in a press release that “stringent and acceptable restrictions” had been utilized.

“We’ve got persistently utilized the stringent and acceptable restrictions, testing and different protocols for elite coaching centres consistent with authorities steerage,” it mentioned.

“Our protocols are recurrently communicated to everybody utilizing the venue and we count on them to be adhered to within the participant lounge and all different areas of the constructing.”

Murray had been given a wildcard entry to the Australian Open as he regarded to make his first look in Melbourne since 2019, when he revealed the extent of a proper hip issues and raised the opportunity of retiring.

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