Andy Murray has called on the US Open to deal with severe penalties for violating corona rules. De Schot expects that something will go wrong in New York anyway and expects the policymakers to act decisively.
“The majority of players will respect the bubble they should be in, but it would be naïve to expect anyone to break the rules,” said 33-year-old Murray on Friday night. The Guardian.
“In the NBA, where the situation is similar to ours, players have already broken the rules. We have to prepare for that. That’s why I think the consequences should be serious if you don’t stick to the protocol, because you endanger everyone on the tour and the event. ”
The US Open has been a topic of discussion in the tennis world for some time. The situation in the United States with regard to the coronavirus is still worrying, but the American tennis association USTA emphasized on Friday that the Grand Slam tournament (without an audience) will just start on August 31.
To make sure everything ran smoothly, it was decided to move the prestigious tournament from Cincinnati (August 20-28) once to Flushing Meadows. This way, players can play both the preparation tournament and the US Open in New York and do not have to travel.
No public is welcome at the US Open this year. (Photo: Pro Shots)
“I’m also worried about my flight to the US”
However, not everyone is waiting for a trip to the US, so that the field of participants will be less strong than usual anyway. For example, Ashleigh Barty, the leader of the women’s world ranking, decided not to participate in the US Open. Kiki Bertens is still unsure about her participation.
Murray understands tennis players who decide to drop the US Open for fear of the corona virus. “We are all human and everyone thinks differently. I am also concerned about how to get to the US. You don’t know the right time to travel again.”
“Probably people don’t trust what the government says either,” continued the three-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one. “Everyone has to make their own decision. I trust the USTA that they can create a safe bubble for the players.”
The US Open is said to begin on August 31 and will run through September 13. The Cincinnati Masters tournament is played a week earlier and is the men’s first ATP tournament since March, as the Washington tournament was canceled. The WTA Tour will resume this week with the clay tournament in Palermo.