ANDY MURRAY has tested positive for Covid-19, meaning he is a doubt for next month's Australian Open.
The two-time Wimbledon champion returned the positive test this week but is only experiencing minor symptoms and is in good health according to pals.
There had been a minor outbreak at the National Tennis Centre in London this month.
Muzza had hoped to fly to Melbourne for an emotional return at the Aussie Open, two years after that famous press conference when he broke down and revealed he was close to quitting tennis.
The 33-year-old says he caught the killer virus in the first outbreak last spring.
And the former world No1 is self-isolating at home but hopes to travel to the tournament, which begins on February 8.
SunSport understands that Murray, a father-of-three, is not planning to travel Down Under until it is completely safe to do so and only if there is zero risk to anyone else.
Yet his window of opportunity to get down to Australia is closing fast, especially as each of the 1,200 tennis players and support staff, must observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine period in a designated hotel.
They are allowed to leave their hotel rooms for a maximum of five hours per day, two of which can be spent training on the court with a designated hitting partner.
Murray was initially paired up with fellow Brit Dan Evans while compatriot Kyle Edmund has already withdrawn from the event due to an ongoing knee injury.
Scot Murray has been a finalist at the Australian Open on five occasions and is a popular figure among the local tennis fans.
He has not played since last October when he lost in the first round in Cologne as he continues his full rehab from career-saving hip surgery in January 2019.
Former quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren was given permission to fly from Los Angeles to Melbourne on Wednesday despite returning a positive Covid-19 test 48 hours earlier.
But the Australian Open's official Twitter account replied to Sandgren's initial thread by explaining why he was allowed to fly, with health experts concluded he was non-infectious.
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