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Murray Calls for Revamp of Doubles Tennis: “Five Games in Twelve Days is Just Crazy”

The Scot has just won his first title of the year, winning the Qatar ExxonMobil Open with his partner Michael Venus.

Now Murray made a harsh judgment on the importance of the doubles to “Tennishead”: “I feel like the doubles are losing their purpose or value on the tour.”

The older brother of two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray criticized: “I think it’s not a good path we’re going down now because it feels like some people want to kill us,” he said with a laugh.

“It just feels like it’s slowly going downhill and at some point people are like, ‘This sucks, we don’t need this,'” Murray said.

Murray: “Five games in twelve days is just crazy”

With a little care and attention, the double tour can be given “higher value”. “I sent them a document with all the problems I see.” Changing these things doesn’t cost any money, emphasized Murray.

In order to upgrade the tournament, a revision of the game plan is necessary. Murray: “The Masters 1000 is a big problem because you play the doubles tournament in twelve days, which is just ridiculous. Five games in twelve days is just crazy.”

For Murray, the problem is: “The singles players don’t want to wait seven days for the final if they lose in the first round in singles.” The doubles specialist demands: “The doubles tournament should start on Sunday and the final should take place on Friday.”

Murray is convinced: “This is also valuable for the tournament because the fans will come and watch. There are a lot of little problems that could be smoothed out with a little care and attention.”

The 38-year-old won his first Grand Slam title in 2007 when he won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon together with Jelena Jankovic. In 2016 he won the Australian Open and the US Open in men’s doubles. He also won further mixed titles at Wimbledon 2017 and at the US Open 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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