Andy Murray digs in to overcome Hubert Hurkacz in marathon tussle

• Andy Murray sees off world No 10 6-4 6-7 6-3 in Vienna

• Briton shows grit to bounce back from exit at European Open

Andy Murray came through a gruelling 160-minute first-round match at the Erste Bank Open to eventually beat world No 10 Hubert Hurkacz.

The Scot has lost to a number of the world’s leading players since the US Open – Hurkacz being one last month in Metz – but after a good start in Vienna he ended up becoming embroiled in a two-hour-40-minute battle with the Polish fifth seed.

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Victoria government hopes 2022 Australian Open welcomes ‘safe and vaccinated’ tennis players – video

Victorian health minister Martin Foley says he expects the 2022 Australian Open to take place with a 'safe and vaccinated' player group. The comments come after an email sent to WTA players appears to state unvaccinated tennis players can still enter the country if they compete 14 days of quarantine. The advice contradicts that from federal and state governments  and comes a week after Victoria recently  introduced a vaccine mandate for all professional athletes

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Unvaccinated tennis players could be allowed to play in Australian Open, leaked email says

Women’s tour players told they may be able to compete after 14 days quarantine, contradicting previous advice

Unvaccinated tennis players could be allowed to travel to Melbourne and compete at the Australian Open, according to an email sent to WTA players that appears to contradict previous federal and state government advice.

Last week the immigration minister, Alex Hawke, said players who were unvaccinated or would not reveal their vaccine status would not be allowed to enter Australia, placing world No 1 Novak Djokovic in doubt for the January tournament.

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Emma Raducanu to play in Romania for first time but no fans allowed

US Open champion back in action in country of her father but Romanian government orders no spectators

Emma Raducanu has been drawn to face Polona Hercog of Slovenia in the opening round of the Transylvania Open as she makes her return to competition at the WTA 250 event in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Raducanu, who is seeded third, will be contesting her second tournament since winning the US Open after losing in her first match at Indian Wells to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.

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Andy Murray admits ‘my attitude was poor’ after European Open exit

  • Scot led first set 4-1 against Diego Schwartzman but falls 6-4, 7-6
  • Emma Raducanu says she will play in Linz next month

Andy Murray has admitted that “my attitude was poor” after he bowed out of the European Open in Antwerp with a straight sets defeat to Diego Schwartzman. Murray, back at the scene of his last singles title in 2019, was unable to make the most of an early lead as Schwartzman won 6-4, 7-6 (6) in two hours and 13 minutes.

The Argentinian had the luxury of a first-round bye on Tuesday while Murray fought his way into the last 16 with an epic victory over Frances Tiafoe which lasted almost four hours.

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Andy Murray overcomes Frances Tiafoe in epic European Open encounter

  • Murray wins 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (10-8) in Antwerp
  • ‘It was an unbelievable battle’ says Murray after victory

Andy Murray came through an epic first-round battle with Frances Tiafoe at the European Open, winning 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (10-8) in Antwerp after almost four hours.

The former world No 1 showed great stamina to deny his 23-year-old opponent at the end of three tie-breaks and set up a second-round meeting with Diego Schwartzman. “It is the longest three-set match I have ever played by quite a distance,” Murray said afterwards. “It was an unbelievable battle.”

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