Jamie Murray says quarantine for an extended period of time “is not great for your mental health”, while he also admits that Novak Djokovic’s proposal to introduce NBA-style balloons “would be very difficult” to repeat in tennis.
All of the world’s best tennis players were forced to isolate themselves for 14 days in Melbourne and Adelaide ahead of the 2021 Australian Open.
Players were allowed to practice only short periods each day, and when the sport finally started, several players struggled mentally and physically.
The first player in the world, Djokovic, who himself suffered an injury on the way to winning the ninth trophy of the Australian Open, said that most players do not want to continue the season if it means going through several periods of quarantine.
He also came up with the idea of an NBA-style tennis balloon with all the events taking place in the same venue.
Novak Djokovic reveals that talks are underway about the future of the tennis season
Murray, a doubles expert, admitted that he and his partner Bruno Soares are not sure when they will return to the ATP Tour, but says the current situation is not healthy.
“We’re not entirely sure what our plans are, but we’re watching the game in Acapulco and Miami assuming they continue as planned next month,” he wrote in his BBC Sport column.
“We should have exemptions through ATP in order to travel and compete. For players, the added stress is trying to find flights, not knowing if you will test positive on arrival and then sit in your quarantined room for a long time.
“It’s not a good setting for your mental health. It’s a weird time and I don’t know how long it will continue like this.
“Novak Djokovic recently came up with the idea of an NBA-style balloon. In an ideal world, the Tour would move to one country for six or seven weeks and would have a series of tournaments.
“However, in reality it is obviously very difficult because the Tour does not run tournaments.
“We hope that the world will be able to be vaccinated, and we can return to competition in the normal world with people who can come freely and watch us play.
“But it still seems like we’re far from it.”
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