The unending marathon that saw Andy Murray defeat Thanasi Kokkinakis ended at 4:06 a.m. in Melbourne. The Scotsman put forth a lot of effort to advance to the third round of the Australian Open, and his tenacity is admirable.
However, the game’s end time has angered a number of experts, who are of the opinion that the daily match schedule has to be changed. One of them is former professional tennis player John McEnroe, a commentator for Eurosport, who supported “Sir Andy” Murray: It doesn’t happen frequently, but in my opinion, they ought to take precautions to prevent it, said McEnroe.
“It’s going to be a game that gets a lot of attention, but it also has a big impact on Andy’s chances of moving on in the tournament. Every time a similar circumstance has arisen, it has had an impact on the participants.
What other sport, including American football, basketball, or the World Cup, goes till four in the morning? The fact that these things take place is just ludicrous. There ought to be a stopping point of some sort. What is the next and last place where players must stop? These issues need to be resolved.” The intensity and emotion produced by a match like the one played between Thanasi Kokkinakis and Andy Murray have no comparison from the perspective of the show.
At the Maragaret Court Arena, the two tennis players engineered a match that shattered all previous records. Actually, the match between “Thanos” and “Sir Andy” took third place in the podium of all matches that ended after 4 in the morning (the other two are Hewitt-Baghdatis at the Open of Australia in 2008 and Zverev-Brooksby in Acapulco last year).
Murray has had to give up a lot of things.
Andy Murray has expressed his desire to continue competing at the highest level in tennis. “Obviously, I believe, it is impossible to predict when something will end. I want to finish my tennis career playing like this, competing in the biggest tournaments against the top players in the world, and being true to myself “said Andy Murray.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist is adamant that when he plays his best tennis, he can still do some “harm.” “I was pleased with how I was playing. When I play that way, when I enter a major event with genuine confidence that I might cause some harm, it’s more fun for me “said the Brit.