Murray Seeks Player Sanctions on Breaking US Open Virus Bubble
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Former world number one Andy Murray urged US Open Tennis Championships’ organizers to do something. This is to impose sanctions on players that will break the tournament ‘’bubble.’’ Murray said officials must implement the measure to avoid a sudden rise of infections. He made the statement after the withdrawal of women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty in the Grand Slam event. His suggestion will likely elicit various reactions from the sport. If approved, the mandate could force top-ranked netters to take part in major events to avoid accumulating fines. Online sportsbooks are currently on a wait-and-see approach.
US Open Tennis Championships Bursting the bubble
Murray expects all tennis players to comply with the “bubble” format for the Grand Slam tournament. On a serious note, the 2012 US Open champion sees some players attempting to break the rules. The Briton pointed out that violating the regulations could endanger the health of tennis stars. This could lead to the cancellation of such an event.
The restart of major sporting events has been under the microscope. This follows the successful staging of English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and German Bundesliga. Just recently, the National Basketball Association resumed its 2019-20 season in Orlando, Florida. They have taken stringent measures to protect their players.
On a more positive note, the Association of Tennis Professionals updated its rulebook. The much-anticipated restart must adhere to changes on anti-virus protocols. The sanctioning body implies that a player who repetitively violates anti-virus measures will be fined USD20,000.
Hesitation taking place among tennis sanctioning organizations will become well documented. This act enforces punishments for violating players. They leave it to the decision of the tennis players. They are professional enough to distinguish what is right and wrong.
Health first principle for Murray
The Briton expects the US Open officials will ensure a secure “bubble” for its players. He said that he trusts the US Tennis Association. They are to make health-friendly measures and assure that everyone is safe and COVID-19 free. Andy Murray last played competitive tennis in November following hip issues. The recovered former world number one will try his best to secure his fourth Grand Slam title. Fans will watch as he kickstarts a big comeback from injury.
Murray’s suggestion could be a big deal. This heavily impacts netters who decided against playing in the US Open Tennis Championships to avoid COVID-19. Violating coronavirus protocols are risky and costly, considering the high spending involved with this sport. If the rule change will be approved and implemented in the US Open, players will be forced to compete and provide more choices for online tennis bettors.