Negative comments from Murray in this morning's paper about inability to hear ball strike due to rain noise on roof and sound of conversations held in by roof. Affected play somewhat by not hearing type of hit.
That may be so, or maybe it's in Murray's head. He played the same weak first set I've seen from him repeatedly in the past. Then he got stronger.
It wasn't just Murray:
Earlier under the roof, second seed Andy Murray scored a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 second-round victory over Marcel Granollers.
Both players said heavy rain pelting the roof during the match made the sounds of the game impossible to hear and affected play.
“You can’t hear anything, really,” Murray said. “I mean, you could hear the line calls.”
But that was about it.
As Murray and Granollers played, there was a constant din during points, an amalgam of the downpour bouncing off the roof and the murmur of the crowd bouncing off the inside.
From a seat in the 10th row parallel to a baseline, the racket-ball impact was rendered silent by a louder version of what you hear when you hold a seashell to your ear.
“We use our ears when we play,” Murray said. “It’s not just the eyes. (The sound) helps us pick up the speed of the ball, the spin that’s on the ball, how hard someone’s hitting it. If we played with our ears covered or with headphones on, it would be a big advantage if your opponent wasn’t wearing them. It’s tricky. You can still do it, but it’s harder, for sure.”
“When it rains, you’re going to get noise,” U.S. Tennis Association Executive Director Gordon Smith said, when asked about the comments.
“We will look at potential ways to attenuate some of the noise going forward. It’s going to be louder than it was. We knew that. And it’s something the players will deal with and the fans will deal with.”