Andy Murray was again outspoken about the need for better scheduling and communication at the Grand Slams. Following a comprehensive win earlier today over Donald Young, Murray expanded on talk of the ATP players needing a voice at the Grand Slam table.
“Well, the difference is that for at the ATP tournaments, the ATP tournaments, not this one, we have like ATP representatives, we have like an ATP Tour manager, like ATP referees, so they’re sort of there looking out for the players is what they’re obviously there to do,” elaborated Murray. “Here we have an ATP Tour manager who was in the locker room with us beforehand yesterday, and he was saying, it’s still raining out there, guys. You shouldn’t go out there and play. And then the referees here, it’s different. You know, it’s the ITF. They want us to go out on the court. If it was at an ATP tournament we wouldn’t have been on the court, but because it’s not, the ATP don’t run the Grand Slams, then it’s not always up to us.”
Murray, who comes from rainy Great Britain, said the problem at the US Open isn’t lack of a roof, but instead it was the schedule.
“It’s not the roof,” Murray said. “It’s not the roof that’s the problem, I don’t think. It’s, you know, having a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday first round doesn’t help. Having the semis on Saturday and Sunday I don’t think helps. Some basic covers I would think would do for now. I don’t think the roof is necessary.”
And Murray has a fair point. Until today’s schedule revision, players were to player semifinals and finals over two days. But they play the first round over three days, which raises more than just a few eyebrows.
Murray will play big American John Isner tomorrow in the quarterfinals. He reached the US Open finals in 2008.
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