He doesn’t have his tongue in his pocket. When he has something to say or a message to pass, Andy Murray rarely hesitates. The Scotsman has proven this time and time again in the past, especially when he has consistently supported women’s tennis. And he did not deviate from his principles when he was interviewed Tuesday by his own mother Judy as part of Sky Sports’ “Driving Force” documentary series. The former world number 1 spoke about the delicate arrangement of the 2021 calendar in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. For him, the imminent arrival of a vaccine is the best news for the stability of the short-term circuit.
But the Scotsman went further. When asked if it was possible to impose vaccination on players, he answered in the affirmative. “I think it probably should be. I would like all players to agree for the sake of the sport, obviously admitting that this vaccination is safe enough, that the clinical trials have been done well and that there are no significant side effects“, he said. If the argument seems implacable scientific logic, it is in part opposed to that developed a few months ago by Novak Djokovic.
The Serbian then defended being against the principle of vaccination, but said he was not comfortable with the fact that he was forced to inject a substance into his body. He thus defended the principle of free will. “It would be difficult to set up (the vaccination obligation, Editor’s note), but I also read that Novak had said a few weeks after his first statements that if he had to do it to play, he would do it.“, noted Murray again.
Vaccination represents a real hope for collective immunity on the horizon of next spring or summer. Until then, many tournaments will have to be held with the coronavirus sword of Damocles overhead. This is particularly the case of the Australian Open which seems to be heading, at best, towards a postponement of one or two weeks. If this scenario is confirmed, Murray has confirmed that he will travel to the Antipodes as soon as possible (around the beginning of January) to line up in Melbourne afterwards.
Amelie Mauresmo chats to Andy Murray
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When she was training me, Mauresmo was judged very hard, just because she was a woman
In this interview, the Scotsman also took the opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to women’s tennis. He notably returned to his two-year collaboration with Amélie Mauresmo. A daring choice of coach who had made a lot of talk at the time, and not in the best terms. “When people found out that I was seriously considering hiring a woman, I started getting messages from other players, or their coaches, that said they couldn’t believe I was playing this game with them. media, that I should announce that I was going to work with a dog while doing so. “
Murray spoke out against the injustice of the criticisms suffered by the Frenchwoman at the time, while thanks to his work with her, he had returned to a very high level after back problems in particular. He thus regretted not having won a Grand Slam under his leadership. “When I lost matches before signing him, no one had ever questioned my coach. In tennis, it is usually the player who comes under fire. I think she was judged very harshly by a lot of people just because she was a woman. “