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Murray: Schedule Shift Not Safe


Andy Murray has won both the US Open and Madrid.

The former world No. 1 says the revised calendar for the pro circuit will put players' health at risk by scheduling the Mutua Madrid Open on clay right after the US Open is contested on hard court.

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Murray, who suggests he is leaning toward playing the Citi Open in Washington, DC starting on August 14th, says requiring players to shift surfaces after a long layoff is not safe.

“It’s not safe for players to go from the semis or final in New York, quarters even, and then you’re playing on the Tuesday in Madrid at altitude on the clay court, when players haven’t competed for a very long time,” Murray said.

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The former world No. 1 proposes a possible solution for players: shift the rankings to two years.

“It might be worth potentially looking at a two-year ranking for the time being so that the guys who did well last year and are not able to defend their points properly aren’t punished," Murray said.

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