Play­ers look­ing for guar­an­tees

Reschedul­ing of tour­na­ments makes travel a tricky busi­ness

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PLAY­ERS need as­sur­ance that they will not face manda­tory quar­an­tine upon re­turn­ing to Europe from the US Open be­fore trav­el­ling to New York amid the Covid-19 pan­demic, for­mer world No 1 Andy Mur­ray has said.

Organisers the United States Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (USTA) will set up a strict ‘bio-bub­ble’ to min­imise the risk of con­tract­ing the coro­n­avirus dur­ing the Grand Slam, which will be played from Au­gust 31-Septem­ber 13.

The West­ern & South­ern Open, which was re­lo­cated from Cincin­nati this year be­cause of Covid-19, will also be held in New York from Au­gust 20-28 and will serve as a tune-up for the hard­court Grand Slam.

Manda­tory quar­an­tine would rule out play­ers’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in other ATP and WTA clay­court events sched­uled in Europe be­fore the French Open from the end of Septem­ber.

The two ma­jor clay­court events in the leadup to Roland Gar­ros are in Madrid (Septem­ber 13-20) and Rome (Septem­ber 20-27).

While Spain does not re­quire manda­tory quar­an­tine, Italy would need trav­ellers to quar­an­tine for 14 days if com­ing from the US The USTA has said the organisers are work­ing with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to re­solve is­sues. “My un­der­stand­ing is that it would be sorted be­fore we go to Amer­ica. But things can change in the next 10 to 12 days,” Mur­ray told Bri­tish me­dia.

“Hope­fully, be­fore we leave, the play­ers will have the as­sur­ances that, when they come back from Amer­ica, they won’t have to quar­an­tine for two weeks.

“If that is the case, and if you do well in the US Open, you can’t just ar­rive on the Sun­day be­fore the French Open starts on the Mon­day. That’s not go­ing to work.”

Mur­ray, a three-time Grand Slam win­ner, has not played competitiv­ely since Novem­ber due to hip prob­lems but took part in some ex­hi­bi­tion events re­cently with the pro­fes­sional cir­cuit shut.

The 33-year-old said he is will­ing to take the travel “risk” as he missed play­ing in big events.

“The sit­u­a­tion I’ve been in the last few years, I’ve not had op­por­tu­nity to play in many Slams. I don’t know how many I’ll have left,” Mur­ray said.

“So, while I’m feel­ing rel­a­tively de­cent ... ob­vi­ously there is a risk there, but I want to try and play in them and en­joy the big­gest events again.”

Andy Mur­ray

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