Andy Murray to kick off season at Biella Challenger qualifying

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Andy Murray to kick off season at Biella Challenger qualifying

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray will kick off his 2021 season by playing at the qualifying event of the Biella Challenger. Murray, now ranked at No. 124 in the world, is set to play in the Biella Challenger 2, which starts on February 15.

The Briton didn't sign up in time for the first leg of the Biella Challenger and he will have to seek a main draw place through the qualifying event. Murray, who claimed his first Grand Slam title at 2013 Wimbledon and has since become a three-time Grand Slam champion, played at the Mallorca Challenger in 2019.

Back then. it was Murray's first appearance at the Challenger Tour in 14 years.

Murray hoped to play the Australian Open

Murray didn't play in either the Delray Beach Open or Antalya Open as he was preparing to travel to Australia.

Unfortunately for Murray, he tested positive for the coronavirus in late-January and he was ruled out of the Australian Open. Instead, Murray stayed in Europe and entered the main draw of the Biella Challenger 2 event. Murray was hoping to find a solution after testing positive for the coronavirus but there wasn't any.

“Gutted to share that I won’t be flying out to Australia to compete at the Australian Open,” Murray said in a statement. “We’ve been in constant dialogue with Tennis Australia to try and find a solution which would allow some form of workable quarantine, but we couldn’t make it work.

I want to thank everyone there for their efforts, I’m devastated not to be playing out in Australia. It’s a country and tournament that I love”. Murray has had a lot of success throughout his career at Melbourne Park but he has never won it all at the tournament.

Murray has made five finals at Melbourne Park and five times finished as runner-up. Murray made his last final at Melbourne Park in 2016, in which he lost to Novak Djokovic.