‘I had multiple conversations before…’ – Andy Murray shares his disappointment over Wimbledon organisers ahead of his US Open first-round match

Andy Murray lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the second round of Wimbledon 2023.

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Andy Murray will be in action on 29 August 2023 in his US Open first-round match against Corentin Moutet. But, ahead of this clash, the British Tennis player opened up on his exit from the Wimbledon Championships earlier this year. He shared his disappointment over the Wimbledon organisers. In his second-round clash, he took on Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Centre Court. 

Before the game got postponed due to curfew, he was leading two sets to one. But, on the following day, Tsitsipas won the remaining two sets and won the match. Murray requested organisers not to schedule him as the final match on Centre Court every day due to the concerns over late finishes. However, they did not grant the request and late scheduling had a significant impact on his exit. 

“I skipped the French Open to prepare to play my best tennis at Wimbledon” – Andy Murray

Murray said: “I had multiple conversations before the start of the tournament and asked not to play the third match every single day because that’s what is going to happen with the 1.30 start and the breaks in between the matches. The roof, in my opinion, was there for when it rains – that there is always matches that can go on for the fans and for TV and everything and it’s great.”

“It feels like it’s getting used now for darkness to play matches later in the evening and when you get that third slot you have no way of practising on an indoor grass court. It’s not possible. You spend your whole time preparing for Wimbledon – I skipped the French Open to prepare to play my best tennis at Wimbledon – but then you’re playing every match under different conditions than what you’re preparing for,” he further added.

“I don’t think it helps the sport that much when everyone’s leaving because they have to go and get public transport home and you finish a match like that in front of like 10% of the crowd. You don’t see it in other sports so it’s clearly wrong,” Andy Murray concluded.

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