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Andy Murray revealed that Wimbledon organizers had ignored his repeated requests not to play the final match of the day under the roof of center court at this year’s Championships.
Murray suffered a second-round knockout Stefanos Tsitsipaswith the fifth Greek seed coming back from two sets to one to eliminate the former double winner after being postponed to a second day.
The 36-year-old Scotsman was leading the game when it was decided to postpone it to the following day as the 11pm curfew approached.
And Murray seemed tired when the game resumed.allowing Tsitsipas to advance in five sets.
The three-time Grand Slam champion believes the center court roof is now used too often to allow matches to continue later in the evening and should only be reserved in case of rain.
“I had several conversations before the start of the tournament and asked not to play the third match every day because that is what will happen with the start at 1:30 p.m. and the breaks between matches,” said said Murray. explained before his first match at the US Open in New York.
“The roof, in my opinion, was there for when it rains – so there are always games that can happen for the fans and for the TV and stuff and that’s great.
“It feels like you’re getting used to the darkness now to play games later in the evening and when you get that third slot you have no way of training on an indoor grass pitch. . It is not possible.
“You spend all your time preparing for Wimbledon – I skipped Roland Garros to prepare to play my best tennis at Wimbledon – but then you play every match under different conditions than you prepare for.”
But the 2012 Flushing Meadows champion must first defeat French world number 72 Corentin Moutet.
“I haven’t played against him, but I trained with him once, he’s an incredibly talented guy,” Murray added.
“He’s not the biggest, he tends to play quite long points but he has a lot of variety and good hands at net. It can be a bit volatile at times but yeah it’s a good challenge for me, very different to how most players play in the draw.
“A lot of the game these days is based on power and serves and he is really the opposite. A good test for me.
Murray is one of six Britons in the first round on Tuesday, with Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Jack Draper, Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage also in action.
With additional PA reports