Andy Murray believes tennis players should be compelled to have a coronavirus vaccination in order to play in tournaments.

Tennis, like almost every sphere of life, has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with events either unable to take place, played virtually or held behind closed doors.

There is considerable hope that by next spring vaccinations will be widely available and Murray would support a compulsory programme within the sport.

He said: "I think that probably should be the case. I would hope that all the players would be willing to do that for the good of the sport - providing everything has proved to be safe, clinical trials and everything have been done and there are not any significant side-effects."

World number one Novak Djokovic generated headlines earlier this year for anti-vaccination comments. He later said that he was not against vaccinations but did not like the idea of being forced to have one.

Murray said: "I guess it would be difficult. I also read a few weeks after he'd said he wouldn't be keen on doing that, if it was something that had to be done for him to play the sport, he would.

"So I guess we'll have to wait and see what the ATP and the ITF (International Tennis Federation) decide their position is going to be on that. But I'm confident that players would be into it if it meant the tour going back to normality."