Jamie Murray explains why players are having hard time commiting to US Open



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Jamie Murray explains why players are having hard time commiting to US Open

British doubles star Jamie Murray has noted that the 14-day quarantine rule is the biggest stumbling block for players who are hoping to play the US Open and then European tournaments. The US Open is scheduled to take place from August 31 - September 13, while the French Open starts on September 27, and Murray suggests players will have to choose one of the two Grand Slams.

"I don't think the situation is particularly great," doubles specialist Murray told Sky News' Jacquie Beltrao. "I don't think the Washington decision affects the US Open in any way really because it's a different set-up.

"I know the US Open is desperate to go ahead and they're trying to find the best solution for that to happen." Murray, who has won one men's doubles title and three mixed doubles at the US Open, is observing the situation and he will make his final decision when he knows more information.

"I'm kind of like everybody else and observing from afar and waiting to find out what the end result will be. If it goes ahead what's that going to look like in terms of the event set-up itself but also there's the quarantine issues as well when coming back into the EU (European Union) afterwards," Murray said.

"If that's enforced for everyone then that's a 14-day quarantine so you obviously can't play in the tournaments after. That's probably the biggest stumbling block because if that happens then you're asking the players to choose between going to the States - to play a Masters Series and Grand Slam - or staying in Europe and playing two Masters Series and a Grand Slam."

Judy Murray understands why the USTA is so keen on staging the US Open

The US Open organizers are doing everything they can to stage the tournament and make it as safe as possibly for everyone invoked. It's a tough choice to be made," Judy Murray said.

"There's restrictions on travel, there's quarantine issues, and every country has it's own rules and regulations. The US Open are trying so hard to cover all the bases and make everything as safe and doable as they can because they definitely need the event to go ahead.

"The USTA (United States Tennis Association) relies on the profits made by the US Open for all the activities that it does throughout the rest of the year so it would be a massive blow for it to be cancelled."