Reopening Season Is Not Top Priority: Andy Murray

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Former World number one believes that resuming the tennis season, which is halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, is not the most important thing as players first want to live their normal lives again.

Professional tennis has been suspended since March due to The Coronavirus pandemic and the ATP and WTA Tours said that they will continue at least until mid July.

Murray had previously said that tennis would be one of the last sports to resume, “I’m sure all tennis players want to get back to competing as soon as possible,” Murray said following his win over Rafa Nadal in the virtual Madrid Open esports tournament.

“But right now, that is not the most important thing. First of all, we want to get our normal lives back. Then, hopefully, over time things will start to allow for traveling, and sport will be able to go back to normal. But I don’t see that happening very soon … The first thing is to try and find a way to stop the virus spreading and once we’ve done that we’ll be able to do more normal things rather than thinking about competing in the sport,” he added.

Murray said reopening borders for international travel could stall the progress made in curbing the spread of the virus, he said, “If we get back to international travel, then maybe there could be a second wave of infections.”

“That would slow everything down again and that’s not what anyone wants. Let’s just get things back to normal first,” he added.

Murray also had a bit of banter with Nadal after handing out the Spanish 19-times Grand Slam singles champion a lesson in a video game.

In a post-match interview, Murray said: “If you speak to Rafa, tell him not to be such a bad loser next time.”

“I don’t need to train a lot to beat him in this game. He’s not very good,” Murray joked, after his 3-0 win during which he lost only one point.

“If I practiced a lot, it would have been even worse for him today, he added.

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