Jamie Murray has limited hopes of 2021 tennis life returning to anything like “normal,” with the ATP doubles specialist resigned to bio-bubble tournament life for the immediate future.
Andy’s big brother is back in the UK after the Australian tennis summer, where he and Bruno Soares got to the semi-finals after winning a tune-up title in Melbourne.
But following Australia’s 14-day quarantine regime the 35-year-old is somewhat dreading lesser upcoming Tour events.
“I assume we are going to be living in bubble life for the next three or four months, but that’s just the way it has got to be,” he told Britain’s PA.
“The Tour has done a great job to run tournaments and multiple tournaments and give players the opportunity to do their job.
“The stress is that we are away from home and if we test positive we have got to quarantine in a hotel in a foreign country.
“If I play Mexico (Acapulco this month), play a week there and have to get a test in order to go to the next tournament (Miami)… if that is positive I have to quarantine by myself in a hotel for 14 days.”
Murray added: travel planning is all but impossible given ever-changing government restrictions around the world.
“At the moment all these tournaments are planning to go ahead, that may change.
“But we are walking on eggshells because we never quite know what is going to happen, you have to be ready to adapt.”
He added that the Aussie month was a special case and cannot expect to be repeated at events in varying European countries as well as the wide-open US where COVID has yet to be tamed and no masks are even required in the wild west state of Florida.
“If there are quarantines in place it is almost impossible for tours to run. Australia was only able to do it because it was the first event of the year,” Murray said.
“If there are more quarantines in place the Tour basically can’t function.”
So far, tennis athletes have been treated as “essential workers” at international borders and allowed to avoid many of the quarantine problems faced by mere mortals.
Main photo:- Jamie Murray and doubles partner Bruno Soares by -Tennis Australia/ JONATHAN DI MAGGIO