An exhausted Andy Murray had plenty of time left in the tank to blast tennis officials after the Australian Open concluded just after 4 a.m. (1700 GMT Thursday). .
As fans slept for a few hours at home or headed straight to work after watching Murray put in an epic fightback, rallying from two sets down and losing 2-5 to home hope Thanasi Kokinakis 4-6 6- 7(4) 7-6(5) 6-3 7-5, the fired-up Scot ripped into tennis officials, labeling them “disrespectful”.
Murray said he respects the rules but criticizes having to play until 3 or 4 in the morning “and you’re not allowed to go and pee.”
“It’s a joke, it’s a joke, you know it too.”
“It’s disrespectful to you, disrespectful to the ball kids, disrespectful to the players and we’re not allowed to go to the toilet.
Matches at the Australian Open are normally played early in the morning, but former Grand Slam champion-turned-commentator John McEnroe said Melbourne’s midnight frenzy had turned into madness on the occasion and called for officials to enforce the rules so that Never again.
“I was stunned in disbelief that he was still playing,” McEnroe told Europort. “For starters, it was crazy that matches at this level were played from 4 to 4:30 in the morning.”
However, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tilley said there is no need to change the schedule at this time.
“We will always look at it, when we debrief (the tournament) — as we do every year,” Tilley told the ‘Today Show’ on Channel Nine.
“But at the moment, what it is, we have to fit these matches into 14 days, so you don’t have many options.
“It was an epic match and when you schedule a match like that before 10pm, you don’t expect it to go close to six hours.”
Tiley pointed out that many hours have been lost this week due to delays caused by extreme heat and incessant rain.
“There are so many variables … you don’t often get situations like this in such a short amount of time so we’ve had three late nights with scheduling to catch the matches,” Tiley added.
Most elite sports don’t hold their biggest events in the wee hours of the morning, after most fans go to bed.
McEnroe noted that the World Cup, Super Bowl or NBA Finals are not played at such odd times, although the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, which do not have shootouts, are played early in the morning. A decision is made.
McEnroe also said Murray’s late finish and energy use during the five-hour, 45-minute struggle would put the 35-year-old at a competitive disadvantage as he heads into a third-round clash with Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. Tries to recover for, which was also needed. Five sets to watch American Brendan Holt.
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