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‘Gutted’ Murray pulls out of Australian Open

Andy Murray has confirmed he won't compete in this year's Australian Open after he tested positive to coronavirus.

Murray, who had been isolating at his home in Surrey, England, revealed he would not make the trip to Melbourne after failing to come up with a solution with Open officials.

"Gutted to share that I won't be flying out to Australia to compete at the Australian Open," he said.

"We've been in constant dialogue with Tennis Australia to try and find a solution which would allow some form of workable quarantine, but we couldn't make it work.

"I want to thank everyone there for their efforts, I'm devastated not to be playing out in Australia. It's a country and tournament that I love."

Murray was asymptomatic and has since completed his period of isolation and he is able to resume training.

Andy Murray

Murray and his team held discussions with the Tennis Australia chief executive, Craig Tiley, and were hopeful they would be able to arrange a modified 14-day quarantine but were unable to come to an agreement.

Murray, 33, has been a runner up at the Australian Open five times, but a hip injury has derailed his career.

The former world No.1 revealed on January 15 that he had tested positive – three weeks before the start of the Open due to begin on February 8.

Murray played only seven Tour-level matches because of injuries connected to a pelvic problem and the disruption caused by the pandemic.

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