In a recent interview, former world number 1, Andy Murray admitted that he would love to see some mixed team events added to main tour.

During the ATP & WTA Tour suspension, we saw many new exhibition tournaments. Some of these tournaments were played in interesting formats that gave fans more excitement during the Coronavirus lockdown. While some of the tournaments experimented with the match format, like the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, some changed only classical tournament format to a group stage. Also, the biggest tennis mixed team event now takes part in the United States, with likes of Sofia Kenin and Bryan Brothers competing at the WTT. In a recent interview, Andy Murray admitted that he would like to see some tournaments like World Team Tennis or Hopman Cup added to the main tour calendar.

“I think sports miss a bit of a trick with this stuff,” Murray said. “The Hopman Cup, for example, was a brilliant event in my opinion. The players enjoyed it. It sometimes had a little bit of an exhibition feel in some of the matches but that would be my only criticism. I played there a bunch of times and I loved it. It was a great event. Putting match-ups in tennis like Serena Williams and Roger Federer on the same court, it is so brilliant for our sport.”

“We are able to do that in tennis and I think we should embrace it a little bit more, not necessarily every single week but at times it would be great. I would like to see Rafa (Nadal) on the court with some of the top female players,” Murray admitted. “When I watched Roger and Serena playing, it was great. They were into it and I’m sure they enjoyed it as well. Golf is another sport where I think it would be interesting to see a mixed Ryder Cup event. Again it’s a sport where they are able to do it and they just miss out a little bit. I do think people really enjoy watching it, and the players like it as well.”

“What you want is to create an environment where everyone is extremely competitive and there is a bit of atmosphere during the matches,” Murray added. I would rather play with eight to 10 players heckling me from the side than playing in silence. Ultimately at the end of the day, everyone goes home and has had a good day.”

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Author: Erik Virostko