Jamie Murray I Don’t Know How Long They Could Push Wimbledon Back

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Jamie Murray I Don’t Know How Long They Could Push Wimbledon Back

Two-time champion Jamie Murray says the All England Club face a considerable challenge rescheduling Wimbledon if it is postponed because of coronavirus.

A decision regarding this year’s event will be made next week¬†while the pandemic has already pushed May’s French Open to the autumn.

Wimbledon, scheduled for 29 June-12 July, could be cancelled altogether.

“I don’t know how long they could push it back,” Murray, 34, told BBC Scotland’s The Nine.

“They’re desperate to have their event on, it’s still over three months away and a lot can change in that time,” added the two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, the older brother of two-time singles champion Andy.

“For them, optics don’t necessarily look great, I guess, if there’s sporting events all over the world getting cancelled and they’re trying to crack on with things.

“There’s a lot of other stakeholders, a lot of other tournaments to consider. Even things like daylight for the tournament. Once the tournament gets put back, there’s less and less daylight. When you play at Wimbledon normally, you can play until 10 at night.”

Murray, who has won mixed doubles tournaments at Wimbledon, three at the US Open and a men’s doubles title at both the US and Australian Opens, says being at home for an extended period is “weird”.

“I’ve been travelling the world for the last 15, 16 years maybe longer,” he explained. “It’s a big mindset switch. To be told that you might be home for four, five months – I’m not complaining too much.

“I just hope that everyone’s taking the utmost precautions they can.

“No-one really knows when we’re going to get back out on court and able to compete, whether that’s behind closed doors, which I don’t think anyone really wants.”

The ATP and WTA Tours were already off until 27 April and 2 May respectively and last week that suspension was extended until 7 June.

The club’s sites at the All England Club, Wimbledon Park Golf Club and Raynes Park are currently closed with physical operations reduced to a minimum to maintain the grass courts and the security of the sites.

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Postponing the only Grand Slam grass court event until later in the year “is not without significant risk and difficulty” the statement added.

Chief executive Richard Lewis said: “The unprecedented challenge presented by the Covid-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined, and our thoughts are with all those affected in the UK and around the world.

“The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make.

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“We are working hard to bring certainty to our plans for 2020 and have convened an emergency meeting of the main board for next week, at which a decision will be made.”

Jamie Murray I Don’t Know How Long They Could Push Wimbledon Back

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