Murray could still compete in Australia. US player Tennys Sandgren received special clearance to board a charter flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne despite testing positive for COVID-19 in November and again on Monday.
According to tournament protocols agreed to with Australian government authorities, all players were required to return a negative test before boarding their flights to Australia and would undergo additional testing upon arrival and daily during a quarantine period of 14 days.
Sandgren received an exemption after Australian health officials assessed his background.
American player Madison Keys also tested positive ahead of her scheduled flight to Australia. She said she was isolating herself at home.
“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in the coming weeks after training hard in the offseason and knowing that Tennis Australia and the tours have done so much to make these events happen,” Keys wrote on Twitter.
The first of around 1,200 players, coaches, entourage and officials…
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