“I’m Skeptical” – Andy Murray on French Open 2020 Getting Underway

Published 04/22/2020, 5:18 PM EDT

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Former World Number one Andy Murray concluded his comeback season in 2019 in the best possible way by winning an ATP title in Belgium. During the off-season in 2019, Murray had issues with his groin which consequently halted his play in 2020.

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Despite his present inability to play, the Brit is optimistic about playing French Open 2020 in September. But he is doubtful whether the tournament will take place or not. Since the tennis tour is on an indefinite halt amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Andy Murray reflects on tennis tour’s scenario in 2020

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“I would definitely play on the clay if it goes ahead. I’m a bit skeptical whether it will,” former French Open finalist Murray told CNN. “I would imagine tennis would be one of the last sports to get back to normality because you’ve obviously got players and coaches and teams coming from all over the world into one area.”

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“I would be surprised if they were back playing sport by September-time. You have to feel like the whole world working normally again and traveling normally before tennis would go back to especially the major competitions. If you took the French Open, let’s say things in Europe have improved. But there are certain countries that might still have issues.”

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Tennis is a global sport that hosts players from all over the world. As a result of that, it increases the risk of getting infected to coronavirus.

If the tournament imposes some kind of restrictions on players from certain countries, that would be effecting the event’s revenue.

“Then have a tournament basically where people or players from a certain continent or countries are not allowed to come in to compete. I think the tournament loses,” Murray explained.

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Andy Murray’s hip surgery had put him on the brink of his career earlier in 2019. However, after battling against all the odds, the Briton lifted up the title in Antwerp, Belgium after outplaying three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the finals.

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