Andy Murray does not expect that women’s World No 1 Ashleigh Barty will be the last player to withdraw from the US Open next month. He believes there will be others to follow. The US Open is currently scheduled to get underway on August 31 and preparations have already started to get the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center ready.
The venue will host the Western and Southern Open and US Open back-to-back. Players have even been asked to stay in close proximity in an effort to prevent the possibility of someone contracting coronavirus.
Reports on Thursday night suggested that a doubles player has tested positive at the women’s Palermo Open. The tournament will be marking the resumption of the official tour tennis at the weekend.
It’s everyone’s personal decision to participate: Andy Murray
“I think we will see it quite a bit. I have heard some of the top male players aren’t going to play,” said the former World No 1 Andy Murray as quoted by SportsKeeda.
Andy still plans to travel after he has finished this week’s Battle of the Brits team event.
“I would expect that would be the case. It’s everyone’s personal decision. If they don’t feel safe, and don’t feel comfortable, traveling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it’s completely understandable. All of the players will have some reservations and it’s whether or not you feel comfortable taking that risk.” Andy said.
“My feeling is once we are inside that bubble they created, we will be okay. It’s more the international travel, and getting there which I will be a bit concerned about it.” Andy further added.