Andy Murray Announces His Return-Date Following Australian Open 2021 Withdrawal

January 27, 2021 5:15 pm

Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray is one of the greatest British players to have played the game. The Scot enjoyed a fair amount of success, not just individually, but also while representing Great Britain on grand stages like the Olympic Games and the Davis Cup.

In the present season, Andy was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open as he tested positive for COVID-19. The protocol issued for the Australian Open states that players will have to self-isolate themselves for a period of 14 days. Due to this, it would’ve been difficult for Andy to complete this procedure. 

PARIS, FRANCE : Andy Murray of Great Britain smiles on court following his walkover in the Mens Singles semi final match against Milos Raonic of Canada on day six of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Andy Murray to begin 2021 season in Italy

However, there is a positive update with regard to Andy’s comeback on Tour. The Scot will be seen this season at the ATP Challenger event in Biella in Italy. The tournament will be played from February 15 and will go on till the 21st of that month. It happens to take place during the second week of the Australian Open.  

It will be a good opportunity for the British player to go the distance. Winning there will give him the confidence to have a successful year ahead, as the season has just begun. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: Andy Murray of Great Britian poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

In recent years, Andy has been out of form due to the hip injury he suffered in 2017. In the past three seasons, he has skipped seven Grand Slam events as he was still recovering from the surgery. Also, in the few events that he played in, the Scot never managed to go past the second round. 

Prior to that, Andy won Wimbledon on two occasions, in 2013 and 2016. He won his first Major at the 2012 US Open. It will be one of the greatest comebacks if Andy can get back to competing against the best players on Tour. 

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Rohan Kollare

Rohan Kollare is a tennis author at EssentiallySports and is based in Mumbai. Prior to this, he has studied Business Management before which he worked at Disney Hotstar in content operations. During his early years, Rohan used to play tennis at the state and district levels. He idolizes Roger Federer.

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