Andy Murray, just six matches into a comeback after an 11-month absence from tennis due to hip surgery, beat Marius Copil to win his third consecutive three-set match early this morning in Washington D.C., and then broke down in tears on the court as Semisonic’s “Closing Time” blared over the speakers.
After the match, Murray complained about the tournament schedule that caused his match to start around midnight.
“Finishing matches at three in the morning is not good. It’s not good for the players. It’s not good for anyone, I don’t think, involved in the event. It’s not good for fans, TV. Nobody,” Murray said.
The former world No. 1 and three-time grand slam champion is currently ranked 832nd, and he’s scheduled to play 19-year-old Alex de Minaur in the quarterfinals tonight, though he hinted that he might withdraw.
“I’m giving my view right now as someone who’s just come back from a very, very long injury layoff. I don’t think I should be put in a position like that, when you’re expected to come out and perform the next day. I don’t think it’s reasonable,” Murray said, per the AP. “And I’m disappointed with that, because I know that the weather’s tricky and I know it is for the scheduling, but it’s a very difficult position to be in.”