Gamers want assurance that they might not face necessary quarantine upon returning to Europe from the US Open earlier than travelling to New York amid the COVID-19 pandemic, former world primary Andy Murray has stated.
Organisers United States Tennis Affiliation (USTA) will arrange a strict bio-security ‘bubble’ to minimise the danger of contracting the novel coronavirus throughout the Grand Slam, which will probably be performed from August 31 to September 13.
The Western & Southern Open, which was relocated from Cincinnati this 12 months due to COVID-19, may even be held in New York from Aug. 20-28 and can function a tune-up for the hardcourt Grand Slam. Necessary quarantine would rule out gamers’ participation in different ATP and WTA claycourt occasions scheduled in Europe earlier than the French Open from the tip of September.
The 2 main claycourt occasions within the leadup to Roland Garros are in Madrid (Sept. 13-20) and Rome (Sept. 20-27). Whereas Spain doesn’t require necessary quarantine, Italy would want travellers to quarantine for 14 days if coming from the U.S. The USTA has stated the organisers are working with related authorities to resolve points.
“My understanding is that it will be sorted earlier than we go to America. However issues can change within the subsequent 10 to 12 days,” Murray instructed British media. “Hopefully earlier than we go away, the gamers could have the assurances that, after they come again from America, they received’t must quarantine for 2 weeks. If that’s the case, and should you do nicely within the US Open, you may’t simply arrive on the Sunday earlier than the French Open begins on the Monday. That’s not going to work.”
Unites States has over 4.68 million confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 with greater than 155,000 deaths. Murray, a three-times Grand Slam winner, has not performed competitively since November on account of hip issues however took half in some exhibition occasions not too long ago with the skilled circuit shut. The 33-year-old stated he’s keen to take the journey “danger” as he missed enjoying in large occasions.
“The state of affairs I’ve been in the previous few years, I’ve not had alternative to play in lots of Slams. I don’t know what number of I’ll have left,” Murray stated. “So, whereas I’m feeling comparatively respectable … clearly there’s a danger there, however I wish to try to play in them and benefit from the greatest occasions once more.”