Jamie Murray on possible Wimbledon rescheduling: ‘I don’t know how long they could push it back’
Jamie Murray admits Wimbledon organisers are facing an uphill battle to reschedule the tournament to later in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s The Championships is due to take place from June 29-July 12, but the tennis calendar has been thrown into chaos due to Covid-19.
Although the sport is due to restart on June 8, officials have admitted that it is a case of wait and see.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced earlier this week that they will hold an emergency board meeting next week to make a decision about this year’s tournament.
Two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Murray says it will be difficult to change the dates.
“I don’t know how long they could push it back,” the 34-year-old told BBC Scotland’s The Nine.
He continued: “They’re desperate to have their event on, it’s still over three months away and a lot can change in that time.
“For them, optics don’t necessarily look great, I guess, if there’s sporting events all over the world getting cancelled and they’re trying to crack on with things.
“There’s a lot of other stakeholders, a lot of other tournaments to consider. Even things like daylight for the tournament. Once the tournament gets put back, there’s less and less daylight. When you play at Wimbledon normally, you can play until 10 at night.”
Most players have not played any competitive tennis since the first week of March and Murray fears they could be sidelined for a couple more months.
“I’ve been travelling the world for the last 15, 16 years maybe longer,” he explained. “It’s a big mindset switch. To be told that you might be home for four, five months – I’m not complaining too much.
“I just hope that everyone’s taking the utmost precautions they can.
“No-one really knows when we’re going to get back out on court and able to compete, whether that’s behind closed doors, which I don’t think anyone really wants.”
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