Sport in brief
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.