Murray had been planning to fly to Melbourne this week to start a two-week quarantine required by the match, which begins Feb. 8, three weeks later than traditional due to the pandemic.
Below guidelines agreed to by the match and Australia’s authorities, gamers, coaches and anybody else touring to the occasion should return a damaging virus check earlier than departing. Extra testing — and strict guidelines about motion, housing and taking part in — await upon arrival.
Murray, who was reported to be not exhibiting any signs of Covid-19, was stated to be hopeful he may nonetheless have the ability to play within the match.
A 3-time Grand Slam single champion, Murray, 33, has fallen to No. 123 on this planet rankings after taking part in solely a handful of matches in 2020 due to a pelvic damage. He obtained a wild card to this 12 months’s Australian Open, the place he’s a five-time runner-up.
The match has put in place strict rules to attempt to restrict the unfold of the virus as lots of of gamers and their entourages, in addition to information media members and different assist employees, arrive within the nation from world wide. Bubbles might be arrange for all the things from housing to coaching, and gamers and others might be topic to day by day virus testing.
In the course of the 14-day quarantine interval after they arrive in Australia, gamers will have the ability to go away their resort rooms to work out for not more than 5 hours a day at a safe facility. The Victoria authorities stated lots of of employees members had been employed to take care of the wants of these within the quarantine inns, and that the police would play a job in implementing quarantine guidelines.
Qualifying for the Australian Open has been happening in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Some gamers have merely stayed dwelling. The American John Isner, ranked No. 25, stated he wouldn’t play within the occasion as a result of the quarantine measures would hold him away from his household for too lengthy.
No. 5 Roger Federer may even miss the occasion, citing knee issues. A lot of the different top-ranked males’s gamers are nonetheless planning to attend.
The American Tennys Sandgren, ranked No. 50, flew to Australia regardless of a current constructive check. He obtained particular clearance after well being officers decided that he was not infectious, as a result of he confirmed no signs and had beforehand examined constructive for the virus in November. “Some individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 and who’re noninfectious can proceed to shed the virus for a number of months,” the tournament said.
After a spike in August, Australia has largely contained the virus by way of strict border closings lockdowns and different measures. The nation is at present averaging about 20 new circumstances a day.