Britain’s former multiple Grand Slam winner Andy Murray has announced he will be back soon enough but it’s subject to when tennis action resumes.
Murray, while speaking to CNN, said, he looks to be in line for full fitness to play on clay in September if tennis competitions began by then. The French Open has been shifted to September, scheduled to begin a week after the US Open ends.
And Murray, while sounding positive about his own return, didn’t sound very optimistic while speaking of any tennis happening any time soon. In fact he said he would be surprised if the French Open was played after its rescheduling.
When asked, when was he expecting to return, Murray replied:
“I will definitely play on clay if it goes ahead but I am skeptical whether it would.”
“Think tennis would be one of the last sports to get back to normalcy because you got players and coaches and teams coming from all over the world to one area, so I would be surprised if we are playing tennis by September time.”
In that same interview Murray revealed he felt sick a few weeks ago but wasn’t sure if it was due to the coronavirus.
No tennis has been played since the second week of March after the coronavirus pandemic and while the competition at Roland-Garros was the first to reschedule it to start from the third week of September instead of May 24, doubts persist over the resumption of the sport. For now all tennis competitions have been cancelled till mid-July with every possibility of the problem continuing even after that.
Murray last played at the Davis Cup last November having won the European Open tennis competition after his return from a hip operation. He opted out of the ATP Cup and then missed the Australian Open because of the recurrence of the hip issue.
He has now joined hands with the Madrid Open organisers to take part in the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro competition, an eSports tournament associated with tennis. 16 of the top men and women players will participate in the competition in order to raise funds for the lower-ranked tennis players whose financial struggles have been brought to light in recent times.