Judy Murray Opens Up on Andy Murray’s Participation at Australian Open 2021 Amid COVID-19 Fiasco

Published 01/20/2021, 11:07 PM EST
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)


British professional Andy Murray had suffered a huge blow ahead of the Australian Open 2021. He was tested positive for the coronavirus, and so, he couldn’t travel for the ‘Happy Slam’. However, Andy’s mother, Judy Murray, shared some good news regarding his condition.

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The 33-year-old had been looking forward to participating in Melbourne Park. Andy was even confident that he would bring better results this year. But the worst-case scenario came to the surface, and everything changed for Andy.

Andy Murray of Great Britain speaks during a press conference ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 11, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

As per the standard principle, the 3-time Grand Slam champion stayed in quarantine for two weeks. And in addition to that, he also couldn’t train at all. According to Judy, he’s in a much better condition now.

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“He’s doing okay,” Judy said. “I think he gets out today so he can resume some training. And then, of course, it’s a question of waiting and seeing whether he is able to fly out to Australia and take part. Nobody knows the answer to that one yet.”

Since there is no clarity on whether he can participate in the tournament, Andy’s plans have been put on hold. But there is said to be a slight possibility of him traveling to Australia on January 28.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks with Andy Murray of Great Britain before their practise match ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 10, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

The organizers of the opening Slam have set up rigorous bubble protocols to contain the spread of the virus. And considering their adherence to safety, chances of Andy playing become uncertain.

The only thing in favor of the former World No. 1 is time. Due to the pandemic outbreak, the Australian Open got delayed two-weeks from the scheduled date to February 8. This provides Andy ample time to make his travel to Australia possible.

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Judy, who is in touch with her other son Jamie Murray in Australia, revealed the bubble life. She said that he is one of the fortunate ones to have been on a clear flight, and hence, he can train.

“He gets a knock on the door at half-past 6 in the morning, he can walk across to the court, he can practice for a couple of hours, he can do 90 minutes of the gym, and 60 minutes of food. And then walk back to the hotel and he’s back in his hotel room for half-past 11. And that’s him in for the rest of the day,” Judy said.

Hopefully, ‘Fighter’ Andy will be allowed to compete for the Australian Open title. In case he’s not, it’ll be a significant opportunity missed for him.

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