‘Let players take a call on light’
Andy Murray has refused to back calls for the introduction of cricket-style light meters to help end the controversies over late evening playing conditions which have plagued the French Open.sports Updated: Jun 01, 2010 00:22 IST
Andy Murray has refused to back calls for the introduction of cricket-style light meters to help end the controversies over late evening playing conditions which have plagued the French Open.
The British fourth seed crashed out of Roland Garros on Sunday, losing 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 to Tomas Berdych, the 12th seeded Czech.
Murray, a quarter-finalist in 2009, was angry that his fourth round match was concluded at 09:30 pm in fading light and after the tie had already suffered a 40-minute rain interruption.
It was just one of a succession of late finishes, which have been a feature of a tournament affected by wet, cold weather for five days. “It’s something that maybe needs to change,” said Murray, when quizzed over how to standardise what constitutes bad light.
“I think that it shouldn’t be down necessarily to a supervisor to make the call, because he’s not the one playing. Tennis is an individual sport and not every single person’s eyesight is as good.
“Some guys might find it easier to see for an extra 15 minutes than others. If one guy doesn’t want to play or is finding it hard to see, then we should stop. You don’t gain a whole lot playing an extra 10 minutes. “Just let the players decide if they can’t see, then they stop.”
Despite his defeat, Murray refused to blame the conditions. “It was frustrating. I knew I would have to take chances and hit lots of winners. I needed to be solid and stable and hang in there because I knew I would get chances,” said Murray.