Andy Murray doesn’t think it should be a priority anytime soon to restart professional tennis.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ATP and WTA men’s and women’s tours are suspended until July 13, and Murray has previously said he expects the sport to be one of the last to restart because of the travel needed.
The world’s best players are currently limited to playing tournaments on a video game, with Murray taking part in the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro this week.
After Rafael Nadal was demolished in a PlayStation game, the Scot cautioned against a fast return to the sport.
Murray said, “I’m sure all tennis players want to get back to their competitions and matches as soon as possible,” “But that’s not the most important thing at the moment.
We want to have our old lives back first and foremost, to just be able to go out, see friends, go to restaurants and have our normal freedoms.
And then, ideally, things will begin to make travel possible over time and sports will also be able to get back to normal. But I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.
The first thing we need to do is find a way to stop the virus from spreading, and after we’ve done that, instead of worrying about sports events, we’ll be able to do more common stuff that everybody does.
A lot of people want to see sports again, athletes and players would like to participate, of course. If you don’t get to see it for a while, people will forget how much they want to play it, but just because it’s hard not to have sports right now doesn’t mean we have to hurry things up.
Second, let’s concentrate on getting our usual lives back, and then hopefully both countries will correctly figure the virus out.
Obviously, I’m not an expert in this field, but I think there’s a risk of trying to do something too fast, such as avoiding social distancing.
If we go back to international travel, so maybe there will be a second wave of diseases, and all that will slow down again, and that’s not what anyone wants. First of all, let’s get things back to normal.
Murray, who, due to injury concerns, would not have been able to play at the Madrid Open anyway, would have hoped that life would one day imitate art as he gave the king of clay a virtual hammer strike.
Nadal, who lost his touch immediately after the loss, had indicated during the match that the success of Murray was due to the fact that in recent years the Scot has had plenty of time to train.
“But Murray, who also beat Denis Shapovalov to make it three wins out of three group stage matches, countered, “I just played this game four days ago. It’s easy for some people and not for some people, and he’s just not very good at this game. It was an incredibly comfortable game.
In order to help alleviate the social effects of the Covid 19 pandemic, the four-day charity campaign will see 50,000 euros (£43,592) donated to the Madrid Food Bank.
Every tournament winner will earn EUR 150,000 (about £ 130,000), from which they will determine how much to give to their touring colleagues who have been most affected by the ban on playing.