Former world No. 1 Andy Murray plans to take a COVID-19 test on Christmas and hopefully fly to Australia on December 27. Murray played at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi last week and he is hoping he didn't contract COVID-19 during his trip.
"I will do my test for Australia on Christmas Day before flying out on December 27," Murray said, per Sportskeeda. "Essentially I have six or seven days and try to stay safe over the Christmas period. Murray missed this year's Australian Open because of a positive COVID-19 test.
The Briton is determined to avoid that scenario in 2022. "It’s a concern with the amount of cases there are back home just now. Obviously I want to try and stay safe. When I get home I will do all my physical training and stuff at home in my house.
I am probably not going to go to the National Tennis Centre," Murray added.
Murray hopes for an Australian Open wild card
Murray, a five-time Australian Open runner-up, is now ranked at No. 134 in the world. "I kind of feel like I maybe deserve to have an Australian Open, but I never got it done in the big matches there,” Murray said.
“Got close and was in good position a couple of times, but couldn’t convert it so that’s something I obviously have to deal with. But my memories from Australia, in terms of how I feel about the place, I love it there”.
Murray, 34, said he know has a clear picture of how he wants to play. "I feel like now I’m a lot clearer in my mind about how I’m going to play and the way I’m going to go about my matches in the next year,” Murray said.
“Decisionmaking comes from having a clear mind and clarity about the way you want to play, and right now I’m quite sure on that and I believe that will help me in the important moments”.