Johanna Konta hits out at ‘unhealthy and dangerous’ late night matches
Starting her second round match after midnight, Johanna Konta says hit out at the Australian Open organisers saying it is “quite dangerous” to play at those hours of the night.
The British number 1 player went down 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 to Garbine Muguruza in the early hours of Friday morning in Melbourne.
The match started at 00:30 and ended two hours and 42 minutes later, just after 3am.
“I don’t agree with athletes having to physically exert themselves in the wee hours of the morning,” she told the BBC.
“I don’t think it is healthy – in fact it is quite dangerous.
“However, Garbine and I were both in the same position and, with the circumstances, we really put on a great match and it’s just a shame more people couldn’t enjoy it.”
With the night’s previous match between Alexander Zverev and Jeremy Chardy going to five sets, organisers had looked into changing Konta’s match to an outside court.
They, though, were thwarted by bird droppings.
“We were actually going to go out to court three to start. There was basically seagull poo everywhere,” Konta revealed.
“They had to clean the court. By the time they would have cleaned the court, we would have been in the same boat anyway.”
Muguruza will play Timea Bacsinszky in round three.
More from Tennis365:
Jamie Murray says quarantine threat on tour means players must be ready to adapt
The doubles specialist plans to travel to tournaments in Mexico and Miami next month without knowing what to expect on arrival.
Battle of the Brits event is back and this time with spectators
The Battle of the Brits events were a huge success during the Covid-19 crisis and now they are set to return with spectators.
The only way is up for Naomi Osaka as she looks to replicate hard-court success on clay and grass
Oli Jefford on the world being Naomi Osaka’s oyster.
Britain’s strength in depth in doubles highlights quality of structure
British tennis may be wondering who can replace Andy Murray, but they have a very different story to tell in the doubles arena.
Rafael Nadal pulls out of his next event due to ‘ongoing’ back problem
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the ABN…
Lleyton Hewitt to be inducted into International Tennis Hall Of Fame
Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt is the latest player who will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Five of the best men’s matches at the Australian Open featuring Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rafael Nadal, and more
The matches that made us sit up and take note.
Five of the best women’s matches at Australian Open featuring Naomi Osaka vs Garbine Muguruza, and more
Five of the best women’s singles matches at the 2021 Aus Open.
Ashleigh Barty laments giving away control to Danielle Collins as she suffers defeat in Adelaide
Early exit for defending champion Ashleigh Barty.
Toni Nadal believes the pressure got to Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final
Daniil Medvedev felt the heat.