Andy Murray says he is still bothered by the disappointment of missing the Australian Open due to an especially badly-timed positive Covid test.
As Murray was preparing to travel to Melbourne to begin his 14-day quarantine ahead of the tournament, he returned a positive test and had to remain in Britain instead.
By the time he had the all-clear, there was insufficient time to quarantine in Australia and physically prepare for a season-starting Grand Slam.
He brushed off his disappointment to play a Challenger event in Biela to sharpen his match-readiness, although he says mentally he is still ‘getting over’ what happened.
“I’d say [it was] more mental to be honest than physical,” Murray told the official ATP website when asked if it caused any fitness problems for him.
“It obviously affects your tennis a little bit because it came on the end of a long training block.
“I’d trained really hard for 10 weeks and was feeling really good and then I wasn’t allowed to do anything.
“I wasn’t allowed out of the house… that obviously affects the physical side, but also the mental side as well.
“I’ve missed quite a lot of big tournaments in recent years with injury and stuff and then that happened and I was really, really disappointed.
“[It’s] still something that I’m probably getting over a bit from the disappointment and the mental side of things, but physically I feel good.”
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