Andy Murray speaks out against intense tennis schedule
Andy Murray, Britain’s top ranked tennis star, spoke out against today’s ever-growing schedule for the world’s top ranked players. He claims that the schedule is too intense and, as a result, many of the players are unable to perform to the best of their abilities at tournaments.
Statistics from the current season seem to support this belief. According to Fox Sports, there has already been 14 instances of players being forced to retire during the middle of a match due to injury or fatigue, which is a record. In addition, there have been four more players who never even made it to the court to compete.
“You basically have 16 mandatory events now during the year. It’s just too long. And then with Davis Cup, it always comes pretty much the week after the slams. It’s quite a long stretch,” said Murray.
Sky Sports reports that a rain delay at the US Open means that the finalist from the bottom half of the men’s singles draw is now almost guaranteed to have to compete in four matches in five days, which would give an advantage to those players in the top half of the draw.
“I just think guys get tired if you don’t look after your body properly and you don’t have the right people around you,” Murray said.