‘We’re still in the middle of a pandemic,’ Andy Murray on ending COVID restrictions


‘We’re still in the middle of a pandemic,’ Andy Murray on ending COVID restrictions

Andy Murray

3-time grand slam champion Andy Murray is back on court and in action at the North American hard court swing. He competed at the Cincinnati Masters where he managed to clear the opening round, beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets. But he lost his second round match to 9th seed Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets.

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He will now play at the Winston-Salem Open this week where he will take on Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster opening round clash. Murray will then head to New York to compete at the US Open where he has received a direct main draw entry on the basis of his ranking.

Since the resumption of tour post the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the tournaments have been played behind closed doors. Many players have complained about the lack of motivation without the fans. But since Wimbledon 2021, most tournaments have opened their gates for fans and now, the North American swing is seeing 100% operational crowd.

Andy Murray, like many players, expressed his delight in seeing fans back but was also wary that the pandemic hasn’t ended yet and many countries still are suffering because of it.

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Every player I spoke to said it was great. Selfishly, it’s nice. It’s the first week that life feels normal again. But on the other hand, we’re still in the middle of a pandemic and in most of this country it’s not going very well. So it’s a little weird feeling I guess,” he said.

Andy Murray to face Nick Kyrgios at Winston-Salem

Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios
Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios

In the last tournament before the all-important US Open, Andy Murray will take on Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster opening round match. Both Murray and Kyrgios are unseeded at the tournament and hence will face each other in the opener. Both the players have proved their mettle time and again and the winner will solely be decided on performance each one produces on the given day.

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