Tim Henman supports Andy Murray to play Wimbledon next year after being canceled due to coronavirus and believes former world No. 1 will benefit from extended break
- Tim Henman is confident that Andy Murray will be playing at Wimbledon before retiring
- The 2020 tournament has been canceled due to the global coronavirus crisis
- Henman believes that the extended break can make ex-world No. 1 even stronger
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Tim Henman believes the Wimbledon crowd will see Andy Murray play there again, even if they have to wait another 15 months.
Henman admitted that the cancellation of the tournament put him in a “shock state”, although as a member of the main committee he was inside the decision-making process.
As a result, we’ve lost the chance to see Murray, 32, return – something Henman thinks he was almost at it.
Andy Murray continues his comeback to full fitness after undergoing hip resurfacing
The former World No 1 tries a 100-volley challenge with his wife Kim Sears
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Andy Murray plays a soft return to wife Kim in their backyard as the couple took a “100-volley challenge” during the coronavirus lock.
The Murrays, who posted the video encouraging tennis fans to stay active, completed it on their second try – with Kim laying down their failed first attempt using a kids racket!
“I watched him practice a few weeks ago when it seemed like there was an opportunity to go to the Miami Open,” said Henman. “He’ll be quite frustrated because he’s almost back on the field.
“I remember playing with Andre Agassi and he had 18 months off, but he came back fresh and cheerful and kept going until he was 36.
At the time, that was old for a top tennis player, but with training techniques and injury prevention, players last longer.
“So you would think that if Andy’s body allows it, and he still has the motivation, there could certainly be a few more Wimbledons left in him.”
The original plan was to stop any cancellation until the end of this month, but, as Henman admits, the events continued after the Indian Wells Masters ended March 9.
Former British number 1 Tim Henman believes that Murray can continue to play for several more years
“With Wimbledon in early July, we didn’t think we should make a decision until much later. But it happened so fast. It soon became clear that early postponement or cancellation was possible. ”
Business was eased because SW19 had strong insurance against pandemics that would protect them from the worst financial impact.
How many months will not be known, especially since it is believed that more than 10 companies are involved in the policies that cover them.
Wimbledon will not be held this year due to the continued impact of the corona virus pandemic
As part of the impact, the London-based International Tennis Federation has laid off half of their 133 staff, and nearly 100 have received similar arrangements with the Lawn Tennis Association.
Henman hopes that the outcome of the crisis will be that authorities will cooperate more and that steps will be taken to protect lower-ranked players.
“When the time comes, we should all come together and work together better,” he said. “I think there will be a collective desire to sit around the table and say, what else can we do about this?”