“Unfollowed All Tennis Players”: Andy Murray Reflects on Missing Australian Open 2021

Published 04/17/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during his Men’s Singles first round match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Andy Murray is one of the most successful players in British history. When he won the US Open in 2012, he lifted the spirits of the people belonging to Great Britain. After 76 years, a player belonging to the region had lifted a Grand Slam singles title.

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Recently, Andy Murray reflected on his absence from the Australian Open 2021. Due to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, he was unable to complete the duration course after being hit by the coronavirus. He did take some harsh measures to avoid feeling left out from the rest of his rivals.

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 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The 33-year-old player was understandably dejected for having missed the first Grand Slam event of the season. In order to divert his attention from all the action in Melbourne, he unfollowed tennis players from his social media profiles. 

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The three-time Grand Slam champion stated, “I didn’t watch much at all. I unfollowed all the tennis players and stuff that I follow on social media because I just didn’t want to see everyone practicing and playing matches and having a good time over there because I wanted to be there myself honestly. So I tried to distance myself from it.” 

Andy Murray felt left out after missing out on the Australian Open 2021

Speaking of Andy and tennis, he has been inconsistent in featuring at tennis tournaments. Due to his hip injury, he was forced to take tough decisions in recent years. From 2018 onwards, he has played in only four Grand Slam events.

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Mens Singles Final against John Isner of the United States on day seven of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

After receiving a wildcard at the Australian Open this year, the British star was thrilled about the prospect of competing in Melbourne only to fall victim to the COVID-19 virus, which quashed his chances of boarding his flight to Australia. 

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However, Andy competed at events held in Italy and France. The last tournament he featured in was the ATP Rotterdam Open. He lost in the Round of 16 matches against Russian talent Andrey Rublev. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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