‘I would like to see Wimbledon go ahead with or without fans in 2021,’ says Andy Murray

Andy Murray at Wimbledon

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray hopes the 2021 Championships goes ahead even if spectators are not allowed to attend the tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the first time since the World War II that there was no Wimbledon as this year’s grass-court Grand Slam at The All England Club was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Following a six-month enforced hiatus, tennis has made a reasonably successful comeback as the US Open in New York was held without fans while a handful of spectators have been allowed to attend the rescheduled French Open in Paris.

The 2021 tennis calendar remains unclear as the coronavirus continues to spread, but there are hopes that all four Grand Slams will take place in their original slots.

Former world No 1 Murray is one of those eager to play atennis at SW19 next summer.

“I would like to see Wimbledon go ahead regardless of whether there are fans or not,” he is quoted as saying by The Times.

“But we’ll see what they decide. I think the events that have gone on so far, the ones I’ve been involved in, have been pretty successful.

“I guess it would be up to the fans. If the fans are enjoying watching it and they are getting good TV ratings, then that would suggest people would still like to see tennis and watch the major events.

“For a player, it is not the same without fans, but I’d still way rather be playing the event than not, that’s for sure.”

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