Murray to play US Open warm-up

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

Players need assurance that they would not face mandatory quarantine upon returning to Europe from the US Open before travelling to NY amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Western & Southern Open is normally staged in Cincinnati but was moved to NY as a one-off in order to minimise COVID-19 risks for players travelling to compete in the US Open.

Murray was a victor in Cincinnati in 2008 and 2011, making him one of six former winners entered in this year's tournament alongside Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic and Rafael Nadal.

The final Grand Slam US Open of the year is scheduled to be held from August 31 to September 13.

Earlier, Australia tennis star Nick Kyrgios and world no. 1 women's player Ashleigh Barty also pulled out of the Grand Slam in NY citing COVID-19 issues in the city. The two major clay court events in the lead-up to Roland Garros are in Madrid (September 13-20) and Rome (September 20-27).

Until that is certain it is hard for people to agree to go over there because if you catch something and have to spend a few weeks or potentially a month, in a hospital in America it is tens of thousands of pounds. "But things can change in the next 10 to 12 days", said Murray, 33.

"Hopefully before we leave, the players will have the assurances that, when they come back from the USA, they won't have to quarantine for two weeks. That's not going to work", said Murray.

Unites States has over 4.68 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with more than 155,000 deaths.

But he took part in some exhibition events recently with the professional circuit shut. But that is something I care about and am willing to take a risk to go and play'.

'I love playing in the biggest events, even though this will be different with no fans. Apart from this, he also played at seven other tournaments - including the Davis Cup in Spain last month - to finish the year with an 11-7 win-loss record. I don't know how many I'll have left.

"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", he added.

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