All England Club defends use of roof in Murray tie


Murray, who became the first player to win a complete match played in the enclosed arena, came off court after his epic five-set win over the Swiss saying conditions were humid and too little notice had been given to the players about the roof being closed.

"It's just tough as a player when you're kind of warming up, getting ready for the match outside and it's dry, and then obviously you get told you're playing under the roof," the Scot said after his 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over the 19th seed.

"I think the decision, in my opinion, should be made sort of before that match is finished so they can let the players know in a decent amount of time what conditions they're going to be playing under."

The roof was closed for the first time during competition for the preceding women's singles match between top seed Dinara Safina and former champion Amelie Mauresmo, and officials decided to keep the roof closed with a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms predicted.

But All England Club chief executive Ian Ritchie said both players had been fully briefed about the plan to use the roof.

"There was a communication between the locker room and the referees office where even before we'd made the decision, we said to Andy's team the likelihood was the roof was going to stay closed," Ritchie told the BBC. "The key thing looked at overall is that the alternative was Andy coming back and playing today.”

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