Andy Murray ‘set to take part in behind closed doors tennis tournament THIS summer as brother Jamie backs competition between top British stars to fill gap of cancelled Wimbledon’
- This summer’s Wimbledon was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic
- A competition backed by Andy Murray’s brother Jamie could see the Scots play
- Plans are in place to replicate the ATP finals with the top eight British players
- To maintain social distancing, players would take the role of the umpires
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Andy Murray could be in action this summer as part of a behind-closed-doors tournament.
Wimbledon was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic but a competition backed by Andy’s brother Jamie could see the Scots play according to The Times.
Plans are in place to replicate the ATP finals with the top eight British male players competiting in a round-robin format of two groups.
Andy Murray could be in action this summer as part of a behind-closed-doors tournament
To maintain social distancing, players would take the role of the umpires and call whether shots are in or out.
This comes on the back of Sportsmail’s exclusive story that the BBC are hoping to make up for the loss of Wimbledon with a daily show across the scheduled fortnight featuring top players and great memories from the past.
Sue Barker, the corporation’s face of what is their flagship annual sports event, hopes to present live from the All England Club with guests – providing it is considered safe enough when the time comes.
A competition backed by Andy’s brother Jamie could see the Scots play this summer
The output would be expected to feature what have already proved highly successful formats in the lockdown from other sports, such as Ben Stokes and Joe Root talking through England’s cricket triumphs from last summer.
‘We intend to fill the fortnight with tennis action and chat,’ said Barker in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail. ‘The plan is to film links around Wimbledon or present live from there if it is safe to do so.’
The plans have been formulated since The Championships, which were due to take place from June 29 to July 12, were formally abandoned on April 1.
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