Britain’s Andy Murray expects probably the most best male gamers to observe girls’s international primary Ash Barty in skipping subsequent month’s U.S. Open in New York because of considerations over the coronavirus pandemic.
Australian Barty stated on Thursday she was once now not at ease travelling to the United States amid the pandemic for the hardcourt Grand Slam, which starts on Aug. 31.
“I have heard some of the top male players aren’t going to play. I would expect that would be the case,” former international primary Murray instructed British media.
“It’s everyone’s personal decision. If they don’t feel safe, and don’t feel comfortable, travelling and going there and putting themselves and their team at an increased risk, then it’s completely understandable.”
Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams have all entered the Aug. 20-28 Western & Southern Open in New York, which was once relocated from Cincinnati this 12 months as a result of COVID-19 and can function a tune-up for the U.S. Open.
Both tournaments will likely be performed with out enthusiasts in attendance with organisers United States Tennis Association making plans to arrange a strict bio-security ‘bubble’ to reduce the danger of contracting the unconventional coronavirus.
“All of the players will have some reservations and it’s whether or not you feel comfortable taking that risk,” Murray stated on the Battle Of The Brits Team Tennis match.
“Like I said the other day, my feeling is once we are inside that bubble they created, we will be okay. It’s more the international travel, and getting there which I will be a bit concerned about it.”
Murray has in the past stated he was once nonetheless “apprehensive” about travelling to New York however he’s mentally getting ready for the Grand Slam.