The former No.1 player Andy Murray was tested positive for COVID-19 and ruled out from the Australian Open. He recovered and plans to participate in a lower-tier challenger tournament at Italy next month.
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The Italian Tennis Federation made a report on Wednesday that Murray will took part in the indoor tournament which begins on February 15 in Biella. The tournament has announced prize money for 132,000 euros ($160,000).
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Murray received a wild card entry and he was about to take a charter flight to Melbourne. But he was tested positive for COVID-19 and ruled out from the game.
Andy Murray was suffering from serious hip injury and he undergoes two operations. Because of this the former world No 1 made a great turn back and currently he was ranked No 123. After recovering from his hip issues, he played his last challenger event in August 2019 in Mallorca, Spain.
He also took part in the Biella tournament and the 54th ranked player Alejandro Davidovich Fokina was planned to flew Australia but his positive results for COVID-19 blocks his plan. The other players are Lucas Pouille who ranked No.74, Sebastian Korda, Andreas Seppi and Lorenzo Musetti.