Abolish pre-match warm up in tennis, says John McEnroe


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Abolish pre-match warm up in tennis, says John McEnroe

Speaking on Eurosport Podcast the seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe suggested the on court pre-match warm-up should be reduced. Since last year, warm up lasts only five minutes. McEnroe was speaking about fans going to lunch and leaving the stadium in the early afternoon.

"French fans love tennis, so you should manage their expectations better. Whenever you have a match and it starts at ten o'clock and then it gets delayed, that can be a problem. I remember in 2013 when Rafa and Novak played a long match, there was a break before the second match and the crowd did not care in the first set when their player was competing.

Think about the main courts. Four matches take place a day and two of them are men's, and I do not think they would be there from 11:00 AM until the end of the day. People would come and go. In between matches you could entertain them, displaying some music or making two juniors hit between matches.

This is why I think there should be no more warm up in tennis, that would make it more exciting. They announce Boris Becker has won three Wimbledons, two US Open etc. Why do you need to have a five-minute warm up?" Boris Becker added: "We have to take the French culture into consideration.

No matter who is playing, they have lunch at a certain time. You have to find a solution now, between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM to fill the grounds." Becker coached the 14-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic from 2013 to 2016 helping him to win three Majors.