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Jamie Murray on ‘toilet rooms’, prize money cuts and full vaccinated crowds at Wimbledon

“It’s just been going on so long now and it’s just frustrating,” Murray stated. “You cannot get away from the tennis since you play your match and you return to the resort and you simply sit there and stare at the partitions and take into consideration the match as a result of there’s nothing else to do.

“You can’t go for dinner with your friends. It’s bloody expensive to go home now because you have to pay for Covid tests, plus your flights of which there are not many. It’s not been that much fun recently but it’s obviously harder if you lose and you’re not winning matches, which I haven’t been doing. I think a lot of players are probably ready for a change of scenery.”

Murray is normally a chatty soul, all the time prepared with a quip or a smile, however his zest has gone lacking in latest weeks. Tuesday’s victory – which got here by way of a slim 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 scoreline – broke a run of 4 straight defeats.

He stated he loved the environment on Court 8, the place a small proportion of the 5,000 followers permitted on website had turned as much as watch the Brits (plus lone Brazilian). “I felt like I was playing a real tennis tournament.”

But Murray is much less enamoured of his allotted Parisian resort – which he described in an indignant late-night tweet final week as an “absolute toilet” – and of a 23 p.c discount in doubles prize money this year, which far exceeds the general drop of roughly 10 p.c. According to a different of Murray’s tweets, that call portrayed a “don’t give a —-” mentality on the a part of the French Tennis Federation.

Initially, we would have ascribed Murray’s testiness to a different night time spent “staring at the walls” – however he was in no temper to again down after Tuesday’s win. “I believe it is actually s—-y, to be sincere. It’s the primary time I believe ever that the grand slams have gone away from the distribution of prize money, which units a harmful precedent for the doubles recreation.

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