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Andy Murray was disappointed to hear that Rafael Nadal would not be taking part at Wimbledon later this month. Nadal announced he would not be involved at the All England Club nor the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Murray admitted a lot of players are finding tennis bubble life ‘difficult’ and he could understand why Nadal would want to swerve further restrictions during tournaments while he mentally and physically recuperates, even if it’s a great loss to the events.
“Obviously it’s a shame, shame for him, shame for the tournaments,” said Murray after his 6-3 6-3 defeat to Berrettini. “Yeah, like still like this year is hard. With the bubbles and everything, you know, you need to be right into it and be prepared to sort of go through that for – a lot of the players are finding it difficult.
“Some of them obviously went through it through the whole of the or most of the clay court season, you know, so then potentially having to go through that at Wimbledon and then doing it again, like, in the Olympics and stuff, like mentally for everyone is difficult.
“I don’t know if he has any physical issues either. He obviously had, looked like he had some issues at the end of the match with Novak potentially.
“But, yeah, I think hopefully when things sort of open up again, I think over in the States it’s looking like we will be playing in front of like full crowds, and maybe won’t be, the bubbles and stuff are not going to be as strict, and I’m sure more of the players will be more committed to more tournaments I think.”