US Open 2018: Andy Murray battles extreme heat with huge helpings of sushi, eggs and bacon

ANDY MURRAY is devouring huge helpings of sushi, eggs and bacon in a bid to beat the extreme US Open heat.

Temperatures have reached a stifling 36C at Flushing Meadows, with fans fainting, five players retiring and Novak Djokovic needing an on-court ice bath due to heat-related problems.

 Andy Murray is battling the stifling US Open heat with a special diet that includes lots of sushi, bacon and eggs

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Andy Murray is battling the stifling US Open heat with a special diet that includes lots of sushi, bacon and eggs

But Murray, who faces Spain's Fernando Verdasco in round two today, is getting his body ready for the test with a carefully prepared diet crafted for him by former New Zealand rugby nutritionist Glenn Kearney.

That involves guzzling all the fluid his body can handle, eating raw fish for breakfast and helping himself to big dollops of porridge.

The two-time Wimbledon champion went into detail about his eating regime in his BBC blog.

He wrote: "After a match, and around my media interviews, I refuel by eating three boxes of sushi.

 Muzza devours big helpings of sushi for breakfast

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Muzza devours big helpings of sushi for breakfast
 Bacon and eggs, a staple of the British diet, feature strongly in Murray's preparations

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Bacon and eggs, a staple of the British diet, feature strongly in Murray's preparations

"I had two of them before I spoke to the press and then I save one for afterwards.

"This time I chose spicy tuna sushi from the players' restaurant at Flushing Meadows – it's pretty good.

"Sushi is something I eat regularly and I actually had sushi at 8:30am on Monday – that was odd.

"That's because I eat whatever is recommended to me. I have a nutrionist at home who will tell me to eat chicken, or rice, or pasta.

 Murray scoffs down some scrambled eggs and a smoothie

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Murray scoffs down some scrambled eggs and a smoothie
 Murray looks in tip top shape and ready to battle the conditions even though he is constantly consuming food and drink

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Murray looks in tip top shape and ready to battle the conditions even though he is constantly consuming food and drink
 Th 31-year-old Scot also helps himself to porridge and gluten-free toast to keep up his energy levels

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Th 31-year-old Scot also helps himself to porridge and gluten-free toast to keep up his energy levels

"The morning before my match against James I also ate a bowl of porridge, and then I ate eggs, bacon, some gluten free toast.

"When the weather is like it was in New York on Monday – hot and humid – I try to drink two litres of fluid an hour.

"Then I have these energy gels which I eat every 20 minutes.

"My team make up a sports drink before the match and as it goes longer I have saltier drinks to help with cramp or to prevent it.

"The team study the humidity and the temperature and it all helps inform what and how much I drink."

The UK's hopes in the women's event ended last night when British No1 Jo Konta crashed out in straight sets to Caroline Garcia.

ANDY MURRAY is devouring huge helpings of sushi, eggs and bacon in a bid to beat the extreme US Open heat.