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Andy Murray admits scepticism over swift tennis return following coronavirus pandemic

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Andy Murray has claimed sport can only return after "getting our normal lives back first".

And the double Olympic champion warned: "I don't see that happening very soon."

The cancellation of Wimbledon has all tennis called off until at least mid-July.

Rafa Nadal admitted this week he was “very pessimistic” about the return of the sport because of the required international travel.

And Murray, who has not played since last November, said: "I'm sure all tennis players want to get back to competing and playing as soon as possible. But right now that is not the most important thing.

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"First of all, we want to get our normal lives back, just being able to go out, see friends, go to restaurants and have your normal freedoms.

"And then hopefully over time things will start to allow for travelling and sport will be able to go back to normal as well.

"But I don't see that happening very soon.

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"I'm obviously no expert on this but I assume the danger is when you go back to trying to do things too quickly like avoiding social distancing and then if we get back to international travel, then maybe there could be a second wave of infections and that maybe that would slow everything down again.

"That's not what anyone wants.

"Let's just focus on getting our normal lives back first and hopefully then all of the countries can sort out the virus properly."

Murray beat Nadal in the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro on Tuesday.

But Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong tweeted: “I would rather clean my toilet than watch virtual tennis."

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic has called for an ATP Player Relief Fund to support players ranked outside the world’s top 250, but has met resistance from fellow pro Dominic Thiem.

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Djokovic has urged all top tennis players to donate £24,000 each, but Thiem is refusing to give any of his money towards the cause.

"None of the lower-ranked players have to fight for their lives," Thiem said. "None of them will starve.

"I’ve seen players on the ITF Tour who don’t commit to the sport 100 per cent. Many of them are quite unprofessional. I don’t see why I should give them money."

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