According to sleep experts, Andy Murray’s chances of advancing to the Australian Open were significantly at a disadvantage when he finished his bout with Tanasi Kokkinakis after 4 a.m.
The Scot won the longest match of his career on Thursday, eventually defeating the Australian in 5 hours and 45 minutes in an epic encounter that ended at 4:05 am.
Murray was then able to get back to his hotel fairly quickly and was in bed by 5:30am, but incredibly, he was taken to Melbourne Park at 9:30am for treatment and recovery. I’m back.
Murray can’t get enough of this place😝@ Andy Murray came back to #AusOpen Only eight hours after his epic night.#AO2023 pic.twitter.com/Q6XXGuusfw
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He returned to the hotel for some more rest before heading back to the venue for practice, and sleep expert James Wilson, who has worked with many Premier League and English Football League clubs, has been described as a “sleep nerd”. Known… The year-old will have a big impact when he faces Roberto Bautista Agut in Friday night’s session.
“Andy’s body is significantly out of sync right now due to lack of sleep that night. He will play again tomorrow and his body clock is very confused,” Wilson told PA News Agency. Told.
“He’s playing all over the world so he would have protocols for acclimatization, but this isn’t the case. It’s a form of jet lag within the event and is completely unnecessary.
“His body clock is out of sync. He doesn’t know if he should sleep or not. Factors tell him that when he goes to bed, it’s warm, it’s light, and he should probably be awake.” Therefore, the quality is not good.
“His opponent would have an advantage. Even if I worked with him, I wouldn’t talk about it at all because sleep is as much about the emotional side as it is the biological one.” Sleep is very important to recovery, and along with nutrition sleep is recovery, and if you don’t get it, it affects you.
“The next game is going to be harder than ever. This is an extraordinary occurrence.
“We are all different. Andy Murray is a competitor. He doesn’t allow that to affect his mentality.
“But I’ve been doing some research this week about decision-making and sleep deprivation. He sees things in the blink of an eye.In tennis, he makes new decisions every few seconds, so it’s going to affect him.
Murray’s marathon is his third-closest ever finish in a race, and Wilson says the schedule shows that high-level sports and society at large aren’t taking sleep seriously. .
“This is a form of torture. Not only for Andy Murray, but for coaches, journalists, spectators, ball boys and ball girls, it is a macho attitude to sleep that organizers have no cutoff points.
“It doesn’t have to go on until then. It doesn’t happen at other tennis tournaments, it doesn’t happen at other sporting events. This shows how much effort we have to make to take sleep seriously.” It reflects what you want in a high performance environment.
“We need to consider these decisions better. I don’t want to be sensational about it, but I think sleep has to be taken into consideration. It’s society in general.
“The idea that lack of sleep leads to success is outdated and wrong, and it’s making people sick.”
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