ANDY MURRAY has withdrawn from next week’s Delray Beach Open over Covid-19 concerns.
Muzza was scheduled to play as a wildcard entry in the season-opening event as part of his preparations for February’s Australian Open.
The United States has handled the global pandemic poorly and last Tuesday the Florida Department of Health reported a spike of nearly 13,500 new daily coronavirus cases.
The Scot now wants to cut down on his long-distance travelling, thereby reducing the chances of catching the killer virus or coming in close contact with someone who tests positive.
Murray, 33, said: “After much deliberation with my team I’ve decided not to travel to play in Delray Beach.
“Given the increase in Covid rates and the transatlantic flights involved, I want to minimise the risks ahead of the Australian Open.
“I’m really thankful for the understanding of the tournament and I look forward to playing there soon.”
Dan Evans, the British male No1 tennis ace, pulled out of the event before Christmas, and this was not thought to be an injury setback.
The Brummie plans to hook up with Murray as a designated practice partner Down Under.
Players heading to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the year – which starts on Monday, February 8 – must observe a two-week quarantine stay in a specified hotel and can only train for five hours a day.
Murray, now ranked 122nd in the world, looked in decent shape during the pre-Christmas Battle of the Brits exhibition and this bodes well for his wildcard appearance at the Aussie Open.
He will remain on British soil for now and continue training at the National Tennis Centre in London.
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