Monday, January 30, 2023

Criticism of the Australian Open: is it healthy to finish a game at 4 in the morning?

“What would you say if a Barça/Madrid game starts at 2 in the morning? What would you say if the Champions League final ended at 4 am? Tennis is the only sport that allows this stupidity. Enough of disguising a terrible situation for tennis players and spectators as epic, ”he said in his Twitter tennis player Tomás Carbonell, current sports vice president of the Spanish Tennis Federation, about the match between Andy Murray and Thanasi Kokkinakis that this Thursday ended at 4.06 in the morning in Melbourne with a victory for the Scottish tennis player by 4-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7), 6-3 7-5, after 5 hours and 45 minutes of battle.

“Crazy,” wrote the 35-year-old Scotsman in the lens of the television camera before leaving for the changing rooms. “The only thing I want now is to sleep. I don’t know who benefits from such a game. Instead of being epic, it becomes a bit of a farce,” he said. murray after playing the second game which ends later in the Australian Open after the one he faced in 2008 to Lleyton Hewitt Y Marcos Baghdatiswhich ended at 04.34.

Criticism of McEnroe and Navratilova

“I’m stunned and incredulous that they were still playing at that hour. It’s crazy that it happens. It’s true that it rarely happens, but to me it’s just absurd. What other sport, the World Cup, American football, the NBA, are they playing at 4 am?, highlighted the former world number 1, john mcenroeon Eurosport.

“It is absolutely absurd that these things happen, I know that it was not planned that way obviously. I do not think it is healthy for the body to play at those hours,” the Czech also said. Marketa Vondrousova who eliminated the Tunisian Ons Jabeur (world number 2) in a match that ended at 01:00 on the same day as well.

“You have to create better rules in relation to the weather (light, and wind) and the times to start or end the matches,” the former world number 1 tweeted. Martina Navratilova.

there will be no changes

I didn’t have the same opinion Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open, who has defended this Friday the night session of the tournament in its central courts. “We are not going to change the programming. These matches like this don’t happen often. The normal thing is that in five hours two games can be played, if you only program one at night it can happen that there is an injury and there is no game for the fans or television, ”he indicated. The night schedule in the tournaments also allows the tournament to be seen in the different world time zones.

murraywho went to bed when his teammates woke up for breakfast, will have a few hours to prepare for his third-round match against Roberto Bautista who will play, this Saturday, again in the night session (09:00 in Spain). Another possible marathon against the tennis player from Castellón who is the only Spaniard who has reached the third round of the 11 who started the men’s tournament this year.

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