Andy Murray is in a race against time to compete at next month’s Australian Open after testing positive for Covid-19.

Sportsmail broke the huge story on Thursday morning – saying that the Scottish star is experiencing “minor symptoms” after returning a positive test “several days ago”.

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Murray was set to travel to Melbourne in the coming days ahead of a two-week quarantine, but will now be forced to alter his plans.

The first Grand Slam of the year is set to start in three and a half weeks time – hopefully giving the world number 123 the time he needs to be ready.

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Andy Murray reckons he contracted Covid-19 last year

Strangely enough, this may not be the first time Murray has contracted the virus.

In the early portion of 2020, the three-time major winner claimed he had all the symptoms of Covid – prior to the UK’s first lockdown.

“I was a little bit sick for two or three days about four weeks ago. So actually, before the beginning of when the quarantine started, I was sort of isolating for probably four or five days before that,” he said in an interview with CNN.

“Most people I’ve spoken to have had some sort of symptoms and felt a little bit sick, but it’s quite difficult to know whether you have actually had the virus or not.

“And obviously, the test should be saved for people that are in severe situations and the frontline NHS workers in this country.”

It is, of course, possible to catch Covid twice within a year – with immunity anticipated to last for around five months. (Express)

But it does seem like extremely bad luck for Murray – who pulled out of the ATP 250 event at Delray Beach due to unnecessary Covid risks. (BBC)

Everyone will now be hoping that Murray can make his way over to Australia and be fit to play at the tournament for the first time since his retirement party there in 2019.