- Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray has pulled out from the 2021 Australian Open.
- Murray was previously granted a wild card spot to play in the main draw of the Melbourne tournament.
- World no. 1 Novak Djokovic is the betting favorite to win the 2021 Australian Open at +110.
Former world no. 1 Andy Murray announced last Friday that he will not be competing in the upcoming Australian Open tennis tournament.
According to Murray, he has been unable to negotiate a workable quarantine with Tennis Australia following his positive COVID-19 test. The Scottish tennis star was unable to fly to Melbourne last week after contracting COVID-19 but he had hoped to make a later trip just in time for the tournament’s February 8th start.
Former World No. 1
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) November 5, 2016
Murray is a former world no. 1 who is currently no. 123 in the ATP rankings. The 33-year old is a three-time Grand Slam winner with two wins at Wimbledon and one at the U.S. Open. He made four Australian Open finals appearances from 2010-2016 but has not competed in Melbourne since two years ago.
After losing in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open, Murray had a second hip surgery but was able to return for action later during the year. He defeated Stan Wawrinka to win the 2019 European Open, his first tournament win in two years. Murray missed most of 2020 with due to complications with his hip and struggled to return to form after the COVID-19 hiatus.
Murray was granted a wild card spot by the organizers to play in the main draw of 2021’s first tennis grand slam. He pulled out of the season-opening Delray Beach Open in Florida earlier this month to reduce the chances of contracting COVID-19. But in a surprise, he announced two weeks ago that he tested positive for the coronavirus but was asymptomatic.
Djokovic Under Fire
Victoria is standing firm on hotel quarantine for tennis stars, after world No.1 Novak Djokovic issued a list of demands, calling for less time in isolation, and private housing. @NickMcCallum7 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/lGbKhMBoYV
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) January 18, 2021
As it stands right now, world no. 1 Novak Djokovic is the odds on favorite to win a third straight Australian Open title. The Serb opened as the betting favorite and is currently a +110 at online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag. This is Djokovic’s favorite tournament with 8 total wins at Melbourne including the previous two installments of the tournament.
Djokovic has come under fire though since coming to Melbourne after he sent a letter to Tennis Australia outlining “demands” to ease up on the strict quarantine procedures on players flying in from other countries. After receiving heavy backlash, Djokovic has penned an open letter to the Australian public clarifying his position. It remains to be seen how this incident will affect his performance on the court, if at all.
The next names on the oddsboard are Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem who are both currently listed at +500. World no. 2 Nadal won the Australian Open once in 2009 and was in the finals in 2017 and 2019. Last year, Nadal lost to Thiem in the quarterfinals. No. 3 ranked Thiem was the 2020 runner-up who won the 2020 U.S. Open. He defeated Djokovic in the semifinals of the 2020 ATP Finals.