Andy Murray dragged into ‘dreadful’ tennis farce: ‘Complete madness’

The tennis world was in awe of the David Cup doubles match between an Andy Murray-led Great Britain and the USA but were left dumfounded at the late night scheduling.

The thrilling doubles decider in front of a packed house finished at 12.58am when Murray and Joe Salisbury fell to Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock.

Fans flocked to the arena in Glasgow at 4pm in what was the first of three matches to decide the winner.

But, with the first two singles matches going to three sets, the doubles match didn’t start before 9pm.

Many of the tennis faithful came to see Andy Murray compete for Great Britain and the three-time grand slam champ strode onto court in front of an adoring crowd.

Murray had the home crowd pumped after taking the first set and leading in the second 7-5, 3-1 in a tight battle.

Sock’s rocket forehand came good and the Americans rattled off five of the next games.

The third set went down to the wire, before Sock and Ram broke at 5-5 to win 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 just shy of 1am.

Unfortunately for team USA, players will be expected to back up on the same day in the second lot of group matches.

The finishing time sparked anger amongst tennis fans after scheduling once again came to the forefront of a tournament.

The USA will face Kazakhstan on the same day, while Great Britain have a break and will face the Netherlands on Friday.

Scheduling has yet again become a talking point in tennis after the US Open.

Champion Carlos Alcaraz finished his quarter-final clash against Jannik Sinner just before 3am.

The 2.50am finish was the latest match ever at the US Open.

Tennis fans questioned why a match should finish so late, which impacts the crowd and athlete recovery during a tournament.

USA defeat Great Britain in Davis Cup

In the first leg, Great Britain’s Dan Evans lost to the much improved Tommy Paul after a hard-fought battle of the second-ranked players.

Cameron Norrie had the difficult job of sending the tie into a decider having been drawn against Taylor Fritz.

Norrie recently reached a career-high ranking of World No.8 and came from behind to defeat needed the World No.12 2-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Andy Murray (pictured) celebrates a point during the Davis Cup doubles match.
Andy Murray (pictured) played the doubles for Great Britain in t he Davis Cup Group D match against the United States. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images for LTA)

Despite Murray and Salisbury going down in the decider, the Scot was thankful his team had another chance in the new-format Davis Cup.

“The only positive from tonight is that usually you lose a Davis Cup doubles match, it can lose you the whole tie or whatever, you’re knocked out of the competition,” he said.

“But with the new format, obviously we got two more matches. We need to try to look at the positives from today. I think everyone played a good level from what I watched.”

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