Dilapidated world no 1 Andy Murray, forced to fail to see the Australian Open by a hunch Covid-19 test, lost the final of the Biella Challenger match in Italy on Sunday.
The Scot, now ranked 125th, lost 6-2, 6-4 to 33-yr-passe Ukrainian Illya Marchenko, who is ranked 212th, within the hard-court match.
The indoor match within the foothills of the Italian Alps carried a modest overall purse of factual below 45,000 euros ($54,000) when put next with the $2.1 million on offer to the winner at Melbourne Park, 16,000 km (9,942 miles) away, the assign Murray had planned to play.
The 33-yr-passe, a three-time Sizable Slam winner (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013 and 2016), received four suits to achieve the Biella final. There, towards an opponent he had beaten on the Australian Open in 2011 and 2017, Murray might presumably well no longer even power a smash point in an hour and a half of play.
Murray ideally suited performed seven authentic suits in 2020 as he battled a pelvic damage which compromised his attempts to rebuild his profession after hip surgical draw.
Murray, who had at the initiating been given an Australian Open wildcard, modified into as soon as furious at missing the match and believes he modified into infected with Covid-19 on the National Tennis Centre in London, the assign most of Britain’s elite tennis avid gamers knowledgeable in some unspecified time in the future of the pandemic.
He stated he modified into as soon as “ravishing in dejected health” and had passed the virus onto his wife Kim and their three younger younger of us.