Australian tennis star John Millman says tennis players will need to take a call on whether to travel in case the global tour resumes and tournaments are held later this year. Speaking to AAP, Millman says, "Unfortunately when the tour says we are back playing your hand is forced a bit because it is your career at stake.
“It is a conundrum (for players). What is more important (to powerbrokers) - money or the health of not just yourself but the community? “That’s my view; we will see what is tennis’ priority”.
“Federations and a few tournaments stand to lose a fair bit of money if their tournaments don’t go ahead (but) I feel as if it is probably way too early to get back into it or even thinking about returning in August.
“Indian Wells, the last tournament we were meant to play (in March), was cancelled because there was one case in (southern California) region. “It is a bit of a contradiction if they say come August ‘there are cases around but you guys can travel and play some tennis’.
“But money talks at times and our hand could be forced, unfortunately”. Millman says he would need to be assured of his health and safety before he is okay to travel to play on the circuit. “There is a lot that goes into hosting these tournaments, people come from everywhere, logistically it would be a nightmare.
“And before I am comfortable playing a lot of boxes have to be ticked. “Players would have to be coming from places where the virus isn’t there any more and going to tournaments where the virus isn’t there any more.
“For that to happen on a global stage, I think we are a fair way off that”. Millman is currently ranked No. 43 in the world and has said that Tennis Australia should be able to hold domestic competitions for players to compete locally while the global tennis circuit is suspended.