Andy Murray doubts night matches after Davis Cup defeat


Andy Murray (right) and Joe Salisbury were still on court at around 1am BST in their Davis Cup match
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Playing tennis matches late at night does not look very “professional” and the sport needs to look into the matter, says Andy Murray.

The former world number one was on court at around 1am BST on Thursday in Glasgow, playing doubles with Joe Salisbury. Great Britain’s Davis Cup defeat from the United States

Earlier this month Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner played until 2:50 a.m. in the final round of the U.S. Open, with Alcaraz competing as a two-time champion after 2:00 a.m. in New York.

“It’s something that tennis needs to think about a little bit,” Murray, 35, said at a news conference. “I don’t think it looks that professional.”

While a passionate and passionate crowd remained at the Emirates Arena, Murray and Salisbury’s 5-7 6-4 7-5 doubles defeat by Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock decided the Davis Cup tie between the two sides. to see the arena was full earlier.

“It would be better if they were earlier, I think for everyone involved,” said Murray, whose match kicked off at 10pm BST.

The tie began at 16:00 BST, with the singles rubbers both going to three sets.

“I don’t think it’s right for you [media]. I don’t think it’s good for the fans,” he added. “That game we played there, probably, at the end of the game, half the people who were there at the beginning will be there.

“It’s a bit of a shame that they lost a great game. It’s probably not because they didn’t want to stay [have] You have the children here, you can’t be with them. [If] you [have] I have to take the bus or train home, [you] can’t do it.”

He added that the late finish for boys and girls ball is “inappropriate”, and that although the players were able to compete at a high level, the blow of the next day was hard.

“It’s not ideal for the US team to come back and play tomorrow,” he said.

“They probably won’t go to bed until . . . probably 3:30, 4:00 in the morning, when they’ve recovered and calmed down after a draw like that. .”

USA captain Bob Bryan, who play Kazakhstan at 4pm on Thursday, said: “These guys gave it their all, Team GB gave it their all. It’s 1am on a Thursday. We’ve got to go again on the 13th. Kazakhstan is not it will be easier.”

Six sets have been played in Glasgow this week and all have gone to three sets, with both days played before midnight.

Great Britain return to action on Friday against the Netherlands at 15:00 BST, looking for a win to keep them in contention for the top two spots, which would qualify them for the play-offs in Malaga in November.

The final match in Group D is on Sunday against Kazakhstan at 14:00 BST.