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Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus to put Australian Open hopes in doubt

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Andy Murray has tested positive for Covid-19, casting a doubt over his participation in next month’s Australian Open.

Murray had been expected to fly to Melbourne this week to quarantine for two weeks ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year but that was put on hold after the positive result, which came to light this morning.

He is currently isolating at his Surrey home but the three-time Grand Slam champion is still hopeful he can recover from Covid in time to travel to Australia for the event, which gets under way on February 8.

Murray last played at the Australian Open at the start of 2019 after which he underwent hip surgery but he has played just two Grand Slam tournaments since then, losing in the first round of last year’s French Open and suffering a defeat in his second-round match at the subsequent US Open.

Despite the positive coronavirus test, Murray is believed to be in good health and confident of playing at a high level at a tournament in which he is a five-time runner-up.

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