Judy Murray on the ATP and WTA Tours: ‘Park it and start again at the beginning of next year’

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British tennis doyen Judy Murray believes the sport should remain suspended until the end of the year, saying “that would be fair to everybody” involved.

Tennis has been on an enforced break since the start of March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the ATP and WTA Tours have earmarked August 1 as a possible return date.

The US Open and French Open are scheduled to take place after the resumption of the sport, but several players including world No 1 Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Ashleigh Barty and Nick Kyrgios have raised questions about playing in the US.

Judy Murray says it will be tough to get everyone to sign up to play during the remainder of 2020.

“We should just park it and start again at the beginning of next year, almost like a clean sheet,” she is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

“That would be fairer to everybody. It feels to me that until there’s a vaccine, I don’t think you’re going to get a full complement of players anywhere.

“It’s so tough because everybody sees things in a completely different way. I believe there were 400 players on a Zoom call discussing with the ATP, the men all discussing what they felt about going back and of course you’ll get some who desperately want it and there’s others who are more cautious and I wouldn’t like to be the tournament director.”

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