COVID-recovering Andy Murray is OUT of the Australian Open after running out of time to compete in Melbourne.
The Scot is devastated that he cannot make an emotional return Down Under next month.
Muzza had to fly either today or tomorrow to ensure he could observe the mandatory two-week hotel quarantine period before the Slam starts on Monday February 8.
Sources close to the former world No1 claim there are no physical or medical issues despite Murray catching coronavirus this month and undergoing a ten-day isolation at his Surrey mansion.
The 33-year-old, a five-time Aussie Open runner-up, had been in direct contact with tournament boss Craig Tiley but there was simply not enough time to get ready before the action starts.
Murray said: “I’m gutted to share that I won’t be flying out to Australia to compete at the Australian Open.
“We’ve been in constant dialogue with Tennis Australia to try and find a solution which would allow some form of workable quarantine, but we couldn’t make it work.
“I want to thank everyone there for their efforts, I’m devastated not to be playing out in Australia. It’s a country and tournament that I love.”
After jetting in to Oz, 72 PLAYERS are confined to their rooms for two weeks of hard lockdown after passengers on their charter flights returned positive tests.
Tennis pros have been sharing their quarantine experience on social media with Kazakh star Yulia Putintseva resorting to practicing rallies by hitting a ball against her hotel room wall.
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