Judy Murray says a normal tennis calendar should not resume until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Widespread debate…
Judy Murray says a normal tennis calendar should not resume until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Widespread debate has emerged over the last month in regards to when tennis should return, with the US Open and Roland Garros still hoping to hold their Grand Slams in September and October.
However, Judy Murray – a former British Fed Cup captain and mother of major champions Andy and Jamie – believes the fairest solution for players at all levels would be to scrap the remainder of 2020 and start fresh next year.
“We should just park it and start again at the beginning of next year, almost like a clean sheet,” Judy told the BBC.
“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.”
All forms of professional tennis have been suspended until August 1 at the earliest.
A decision on the US Open is expected early this week.
Domestic competitions have replaced normal tour events over the last few weeks, with tournaments taking place around the world, including Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour, which even had fans attend in Belgrade over the weekend.
The Battle of the Brits event – organised by Jamie Murray – will be held in Roehampton between June 23-28.
“Jamie’s been incredibly busy over the last few months putting together this event to create competition, or match play, for the top players,” Judy said.
“Obviously when the tour goes back, whenever that may be, you can’t just go in blind, you need to have had that whole competitive opportunity beforehand. So he’s taken into account all of the restrictions from no spectators to creating live streaming options.
“The players will be allowed to have one coach with them who can coach from out of the court area. They’ll have an umpire but probably no lines people. There certainly won’t be ball-kids so they’ll be picking up their own balls and their own towels. They’ll be doing their own commentary to a mic at the changeovers.
“It’s going to be very, very different but I think everybody has welcomed it as a chance to get back on the match court again and give the fans something to watch at a time of year when we would normally be watching Wimbledon and Queen’s and there’s nothing going on.”