'Hard working' Murray blasts Belgian rival Rochus over doping slur

London, Jan. 18 (ANI): Andy Murray has insisted that his extraordinary physical conditioning was the result of hard work rather than anything pharmaceutical.

The issue of doping in tennis has been in talk after Christophe Rochus, a Belgian player who had been ranked as high as 38 in the world, gave an interview to a newspaper in his home country claiming that the practice was widespread.

Rochus made no allegations about individual players, but suggested that the authorities might as well give up and legalise performance-enhancing drugs, the Telegraph reports.

According to the report, but Murray took issue with Rochus's claim that "it's inconceivable to play for five hours in the sun and come back like a rabbit the next day".

Murray said that it was far from the truth, and anyone could see the amount of hours of training and practice that go into what players do and there are other sports that are endurance-wise far more challenging than tennis.

There were a plenty of mind-bendingly punishing matches at the Australian Open on Thursday, as the temperature peaked at 40.8C.

The longest was Blaz Kavcic's five-set victory over James Duckworth, which took four hours and 52 min.

As the players returned to the locker room, Kavcic collapsed into the fetal position, as he suffered a full-body cramp and doctors had to treat him with morphine, the report added. (ANI)


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