Andy Murray could be one of the players in action when the Lawn Tennis Association kick-start a series of tennis events in July.
With tennis having taken a backseat and the ATP and WTA tours suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, countries have begun to plan localised tennis tournaments and LTA has laid down the plan for July.
These tennis competitions will be played between July 3 and 26 once the government approves the request.
These tournaments will be played over three days apiece, and will be hosted by LTA’s National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. 16 men’s and women’s players will be in action and can be expected to play in a knock-out tournament each week during the course of this LTA Tour.
In action could be Murray, who hasn’t played since the Davis Cup last year and Johanna Konta, apart from some of the other top players from Great Britain.
The matches will be played over best-of-three sets on outdoor hard-courts and there will be both singles and doubles competitions held. The doubles tournament will be played on just one day.
LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd said while the times were challenging they had been coordinating with the players and coaches for a while now. He added while the planned tournaments will be played to closed doors, he was glad they had taken a step forward towards bringing tennis back.
“The LTA is actively engaged in developing the necessary guidelines for behind closed doors events, which we hope will be determined by the Government in the coming weeks to ensure the safest environment for anyone involved in returning to competition and look forward to bringing tennis back into people’s lives this summer.”
Interestingly, Murray could be involved in another exhibition tournament with his brother Jamie who is a part of the organising committee at that competition. This tournament will be held in June.
This exhibition tournament will see eight of the British players participate but more details are still awaited.
Other than this, the LTA are also planning to bring back the National Championships if things don’t improve at the ATP and WTA tour level heading into August.