“Will Be Refused”: Andy Murray Denied Special Treatment at Australian Open 2021

Published 01/16/2021, 6:12 AM EST
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)

Former World No. 1 Andy Murray has enjoyed tremendous success over the years. The Scot is one of the best tennis players and has raised the bar for British tennis players. Andy won the US Open in 2012, the first British player to win a major after 76 years. 


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Thereafter, he went on to win two Grand Slams at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 respectively. The ship was sailing smoothly for Andy until 2017 when his form took a dip and suffered a hip injury. The 33-year-old had to undergo surgery and has not been the same player he once was. 

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)

With the new season soon going to begin, Andy was granted a wildcard for the Australian Open. However, much to his adversity, he got infected with the COVID-19 virus. Due to this latest development, it makes it close to impossible for the Scot to make it in time for the first major of the season. 


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The Victorian health minister Martin Foley issued a statement that hinted the former World No. 1 shouldn’t expect special aid in this matter. He said, “In regards to Mr. Murray, we’ve been clear from the start that anyone who tests positive is not able to be part of the program coming into Melbourne and Australia.”


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“Mr. Murray, and the other 1240 people as part of the program, need to demonstrate that if they’re coming to Melbourne they have returned a negative test. So should Mr. Murray arrive, and I have no indication that he will, he will be subject to those same rigorous arrangements as everyone else. Should he test positive prior to his attempts to come to Australia, he will be refused.”

The developments in the next coming days will be crucial for the 3-Time Grand Slam winner. Although it seems impossible for him to make it in time, one cannot rule out the small possibility of him being available for the Australian Open 2021. 


Rohan Kollare

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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.