When Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack on the pitch on Saturday, the entire sports world was shocked. Although few casual fans may have drawn a parallel between the world of soccer and the world of professional tennis, Andy Murray immediately recognized the incident as a potential harbinger.
Murray, who has long been an advocate against player exhaustion, had plenty to say on how Muamba's situation relates to his own sport, according to Zeenews.com. He stressed that many players and the Association of Tennis Professionals need to take more steps to prevent potential serious player health issues.
I saw what happened to Fabrice and it was shocking. I don't want to ever see that on a tennis court, or anywhere else for that matter.
The governing bodies need to look at procedures in place for looking after athletes. Sometimes I think they are more worried about the product rather than the players.
It's good that the players have an outspoken and high-profile spokesperson looking out for them.