Australian Open: Nighttime finishes dubbed ‘tennis nightmare’ after Andy Murray’s 4am win



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It was 4:05 a.m. in Melbourne when Andy Murray drilled a backhand winner previous Thanasi Kokkinakis, finally ending a marathon contest that had began 5 hours and 45 minutes earlier.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1, had come again from straight units to beat Kokkinakis on the Australian Open, displaying all of the dedication and dedication that was typical of him tennis profession.

Kokkinakis additionally deserves credit score for preventing on into the wee hours of Thursday morning, when most in Australia have been effectively into their beds.

However when the gamers at Margaret Court docket Enviornment had used up all their vitality reserves, many questioned why a recreation was nonetheless being performed after 4am

Amongst them was Murray himself, who indignant at not with the ability to go to the bathroom after taking a rest room break earlier within the recreation.

“It is so disrespectful that the match has us out right here till three, 4 rattling o’clock within the morning and we’re not allowed to pee,” mentioned the Scot.

The marathon match between Murray and Kokkinakis lasted until the early hours in Melbourne.

Murray’s brother, doubles specialist Jamie, shared his sibling’s frustration tweet throughout the second spherical match: “We won’t let gamers play towards one another till the early hours of the morning. Nonsense for everybody concerned – gamers/followers/organizers.”

The Australian Open has a demanding schedule within the early rounds of the match; 5 matches are usually performed on the present courts each day – three throughout the day session and two at night time.

The match between Murray and Kokkinakis was the penultimate end in Australian Open historical past.

In 2008, Lleyton Hewitt secured a five-set win over Marcos Baghdatis at 4:33 after taking Roger Federer 4 and a half hours to defeat Janko Tipsarevic earlier within the day.

These late outcomes are excellent news for worldwide viewers in Europe and North America who’re in a position to benefit from the drama and pleasure of a five-set recreation, however much less excellent news for these concerned within the spectacle itself.

“I actually assume this can be a tennis nightmare,” mentioned Simon Cambers, a tennis author and co-author of The Roger Federer Impactadvised CNN sports activities.

“The gamers concerned in these night time video games are badly affected and their possibilities of development are slim.

“Only a few folks in Australia would have stayed as much as see the entire recreation and whereas worldwide viewership would have been good, there should be extra to the sport than cash.

“Many others are additionally affected together with employees, civil servants, media, promenade children all having to work ridiculous hours making them drained and never doing their jobs as effectively. What different high sport performs till 4am? It is loopy.”

Murray (left) and Kokkinakis shake hands after their second round match at the Australian Open.

CNN has contacted Tennis Australia relating to the planning of the Australian Open however has not acquired a direct response.

Murray, who performs Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut within the third spherical on Saturday, returned to coaching at Margaret Court docket Enviornment on Friday, eight hours after the top of his recreation towards Kokkinakis.

Throughout that point he would have fulfilled his media tasks, warmed up, eaten one thing, pushed again to his lodge and, as soon as the adrenaline of the sport had worn off, slept.

Nevertheless, the Australian Open organizers see no want to instantly change the match schedule after the late-night end.

“We have now to guard the video games,” mentioned Craig Tiley, head of Tennis Australia advised Australian broadcaster 9. “In case you simply arrange one recreation at night time and there is an damage, you do not have something for followers or broadcasters.

“At this stage there isn’t any want to alter the schedule. We at all times take a look at this once we do the debriefing, as we do yearly; We have had matches for a very long time, now we have now to suit the matches into the 14 days, so you do not have loads of choices.”

Lleyton Hewitt waits for Marcos Baghdatis' serve at 4:30 a.m. at the 2008 Australian Open.

Cambers believes it could be value slicing the boys’s matches to best-of-three units within the earlier rounds to ease the strain on the schedule, after which going again to best-of-five from spherical 4 .

“Earlier than anybody begins yelling about custom, it has been carried out earlier than, again within the Nineteen Seventies,” he says.

“In case you do not need to change the schedule, make the video games shorter and fewer epic by rushing up courts and balls. That means rallies and video games will not exhaust everybody and probably extend a participant’s profession.”

Murray, who additionally wanted 5 units to defeat Matteo Berrettini within the first spherical, is predicted to play within the first recreation of the night time session at Margaret Court docket Enviornment on Saturday.

Each he and his opponent Bautista Agut, who defeated Brandon Holt by two units within the second spherical, are hoping for sooner victories this time.

However historical past is not notably variety to them on that entrance: the final time they met in Melbourne, Bautista Agut triumphed in 5 units and over 4 hours.

Perhaps we must always put together for one more marathon rollercoaster on the Australian Open.