Judy Murray says that she believes that male tennis players should play best-of-three set matches at the Grand Slams as they do at regular ATP events, as the best of five totally exhaust the players.
Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Judy, who has led sons Andy and Jamie to the top of the world rankings in singles and doubles respectively, says, “I think that I would rather see the men play three sets and having it all as three sets.
I think there are implications of the women playing five sets that actually would mean that the tournament needs more court time. It just would take a whole lot longer. I think the five sets is a great spectacle and special at a Grand Slam, for example.
But for the guys … sometimes you’re out there for four or five hours. Especially if you are playing in Australia where the heat is just amazing, it just takes so much out of them, it’s so tough on them. I think the women actually have an advantage only playing three sets in that most of them, if they choose to, can play doubles and mixed as well.
“You’ll never get the top men being able to do that because the five sets physically take so much out of them. So I’d probably rather see it go the other way and the men playing three.” Judy also said that she is surprised that there are not many new facilities being built in Scotland to capitalise on the success of the Murray brothers.
“I think indoor facilities we need to become a 12-months-of-the-year sport. I think what kills me currently is that we haven’t had any new indoor courts in Scotland in the 10 years that Andy’s been in the top five.