Andy Murray’s defeat in the Wimbledon semi-finals was caused say a leading team of scientists, on the fluctuating levels of Judy Murray’s oestrogen during his game.
The Scientists, from the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, conducted research in the Wimbledon family enclosure using a combination of sensitive measuring devices and observational techniques.
“There is a definite correlation between Mr Murray’s performance and the levels of oestrogen in his mother’s body. We have found that this pheromonal link between the chemicals which are secreted from one person can trigger a response from members of the same family.” Said Gustav Hammer, research scientist. "Tests performed previously on Boris Becker in the absence of his mother, also support our findings."
Scientists have long suspected that such chemical factors are capable of acting outside the body to impact on the behaviour of the receiving individual. This is the first study of its kind, after years of research on stick insects, which proves that vertebrates and tennis playing families communicate by using pheromones.
“We believe that oestrogen levels fall during stressful periods such as being in a two sets down or forty love situation. This creates a mood lowering which is transmitted via pheromones to the tennis player in question. This of course has a negative impact on his performance. “
The study has brought into question the wisdom of other professional sportsmen allowing female family members to be present at important tournaments. The football 'offside-rule' is known to cause anger and frustration in females during matches which, say scientists, could be linked to some lack lustre performances of top players. David Beckham's sending off in the 1998 World Cup in France is also thought to be due to the presence of his mother who was engaged in a fist fight with an England WAG at the time.
A Wimbledon spokesman said, “We’ve known that testosterone being given off by male players has a direct effect on female spectators and the subsequent sale of strawberries and ice cream, but this is a new one on us. We can’t ban female relatives from attending but we may put up health warnings in the male changing rooms. We might also put complimentary sachets of St John’s Wort in the family enclosure.”
No one from the Murray camp was available for comment today but Judy Murray was said to be ‘incandescent with rage”, with reports that she had ordered Andy to his room for the next two days.
Gustav Hammer concluded, “We will continue further with this research with vertebrates and tennis playing families, who will only metaphorically bite each other’s heads off, unlike the unfortunate stick insect.”