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Andy Mur­ray has called for a mixed team event to be in­tro­duced on to the main tour. The former world No 1 is cur­rently tak­ing part in the Bat­tle of the Brits at Roe­hamp­ton, an ex­hi­bi­tion event that has pit­ted the coun­try’s best male and fe­male play­ers to­gether in a team en­vi­ron­ment. “Sports miss a bit of a trick with this stuff,” Mur­ray said. “The Hop­man Cup, for ex­am­ple, was a bril­liant event. Putting match-ups in ten­nis like Ser­ena Wil­liams and Roger Fed­erer on the same court, it is so bril­liant for our sport. We are able to do that in ten­nis and we should em­brace it a bit more. I would like to see Rafa [Nadal] on the court with some of the top fe­male play­ers.”


Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van says com­peti­tors in this year’s World Cham­pi­onship are be­ing treated like “lab rats” and claims any­one un­con­cerned by the de­ci­sion to al­low spec­ta­tors into the event must have a “death wish”. The five-time cham­pion ex­pressed sup­port for fel­low player An­thony Hamilton, who suf­fers from asthma and said he fears for his health at the Cru­cible. The com­pe­ti­tion starts tomorrow and is one of three events pi­lot­ing the safe re­turn of fans in the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

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