Ex-Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro now helping tennis star Andy Murray find his form
Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro is now in charge of helping tennis legend Andy Murray rediscover his best form.
Gibraltar-born medical expert Carneiro has been off the radar since her spat with ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho back in 2015. An incident where she ran onto the pitch to tend to Eden Hazard sparked the fury of the Portuguese manager, leading her to leave the west London club in controversial circumstances.
But since 2018, the 48-year-old has formed an unexpected alliance with three-time grand slam champion Murray, 34, in an attempt to rediscover the athlete’s performance levels from earlier in his career.
The Telegraph reports Carneiro’s research of collagen – short chains of amino acids that build hair, skin and muscles – attracted Murray’s management group to work with her. They have since collaborated to produce a supplement called TRR, which has had tangible effects on Murray’s form ahead of Thursday’s last-16 clash with Novak Djokovic in Madrid.
Carneiro described Murray to The Telegraph as: “Fantastically knowledgeable – the kind of athlete who is always looking to examine the science and trying to work out how it can help him.”
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She added: “As medical professionals, we are discovering that what we thought was impossible is no longer the case. Athletes like Andy and Rafael Nadal are breaking boundaries on all fronts.
“These are unique, very intelligent, educated people, who are prepared to take and examine medical evidence and advice and push through perceived challenges.”
Murray has shown vast improvement with the help of Carneiro, while his numbers this year have been 'uncanny'. The Scot served almost 10kph faster at the Australian Open in January than he did when he was world no.1 back in 2017, the report adds.
Shockingly, his “90th percentile movement speed” – a measure used to analyse mobility – has shot up from 11.7kph in 2017 to 13.6kph this year. His efforts will be put to the test against world no.1 Djokovic at the Madrid Open, which is their first ATP Tour meeting since 2017.
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