Frustrated Andy Murray says he 'didn't watch' Australian Open after missing event over positive Covid test
Andy Murray did not see the Australian Open after a missed event due to a positive Covid test - GETTY IMAGES
Andy Murray's pain was so great that he refused to compete in the Australian Open that he refused to watch from the other side of the world and did everything possible to avoid the tournament entirely.
Murray was prevented from traveling to Australia after a positive Covid test made it impossible to adhere to the country's strict biosecurity protocols. Instead, he started his year with the less healthy Biella Challenger in northern Italy, where he lost to the Ukrainian Illya Marchenko in the final.
Murray is determined to prove that after multiple injury problems, he can climb the ladder and be successful at the highest level. On Tuesday he will return to the ATP Tour service at the Open Sud de France with a first-round game against Belarusian Egor Gerasimov. However, there remains a strong feeling of resentment that he failed to prove himself in the first Grand Slam of this year.
When Murray was asked about his verdict on Novak Djokovic's win over Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne on Sunday, Murray replied, "I didn't see it. I practiced and saw very little of the Australian Open. I didn't see any because I wanted to be there myself. It was a struggle, to be honest. I stopped following all the tennis players I follow on social media because I just didn't want to see it. "
At nine of the last 13 Grand Slams, a bullish Murray desperately wants to prove that he can still keep up with the best in the world, and insists that he was “pain free” on his last run to the final in Italy.
"I've played and practiced with a lot of top players and I know how I get on against them," he said. "If I smoked while practicing and playing with guys, I wouldn't go through it any longer." But I know the level I'm playing at.
“Of course I haven't played with the top 10 players in the world, but I've played and practiced with people between 20 and 60/70 in the world who do absolutely well, and that's because I hardly ever see anyone have played games for the past few years.
"Provided I can stay fit and do good exercises and games for a while, I don't see why I can't compete with the best players." I wish I could show this in Australia because I would be ready. No question, I was ready for it. "
Having already spoken of his frustration with signing Covid at the National Tennis Center in London, Murray also revealed the persistent difficulties the illness - from which he has fully recovered - brings when he tries To travel from country to country for tournaments at the mercy of the Covid regulations of different governments.
"The problem is you can still get positive tests three to four months after the virus appeared," he said. "That actually made things more difficult. It's a concern."
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