Eva Carneiro: How Ex-Chelsea physio helped save Andy Murray’s career

Ex-Chelse physio Eva Carneiro now helping Andy Murray

Some may remember Dr. Eva Carneiro as the Chelsea physio who famously fell out with Jose Mourinho in 2015 but have you ever wondered what she’s up to now? 

Spoiler alert –– it’s got nothing to do with football or Chelsea. However, the Gibraltar-born doctor is still working with athletes and has been helping British tennis legend Andy Murray regain his fitness. 

Murray is a three-time major champion and two-time winner of Wimbledon but suffered a hip injury in 2017 that threatened to end his career. 

The former world number one went searching for experts on how to extend his athletic life and this led him to come across Dr. Carneiro. 

What happened with Carneiro and Mourinho? 

Mourinho and Carneiro clashed back in 2015 when the Blues drew 2-2 with Swansea on the opening day of the 2015/16 Premier League season. 

During stoppage time, Carneiro ran on the pitch with then-chief physio Jon Fearn to treat Eden Hazard. It meant the Belgian winger would then have to leave the pitch and wait to be called back on by officials. 

Mourinho was unhappy with Carneiro’s actions and banned her from attending matches or training sessions thereafter. 

Mourinho looks on as Eva Carnerio runs on pitch

The Gibraltan doctor then filed for constructive dismissal and took the Portuguese manager to court. 

Almost a year after the Swansea match, Carneiro settled out of court. 

How is Carneiro working with Murray? 

At the time of Murray’s injury, Carneiro was researching the effect of collagen peptides —  short chains of amino acids that help build hair, skin and muscles — on athletic performance.

Together, Murray and Carneiro, alongside nutritionist Glenn Kearney, developed a commercially available supplement called TRR, that combines marine collagen with turmeric and copper. The supplement is designed to improve athletic performance and appears to have helped Murray return to competing on the ATP Tour. 

Andy Murray at Madrid Open

How is Murray doing now? 

While some thought Murray might never compete at the highest level again, he has proved people wrong and is seemingly playing better than he has done for years.

According to data from the Australian Open, he served faster in Melbourne than he did at the same time in 2017, back when he was world number one. 

Right now, Murray is competing in the Madrid Open, after receiving a wildcard, and has made it through to the third round. 

Andy Murray celebrates at Madrid Open

So far, the Brit has beaten former US Open champion Dominic Thiem and world number 14, Denis Shapovalov. 

Next up for Murray is a reunion with rival Novak Djokovic. The pair have not faced each other for five years and will play for a spot in the quarter-finals on Thursday. 

What has Carneiro said? 

In an interview with the Telegraph, Dr Carneiro praised Murray and described him as “fantastically knowledgeable” and “the kind of athlete who is always looking to examine the science and trying to work out how it can help him.”

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.

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“We also have to be careful with them, to be ethical and be prepared to discuss their futures and quality of life with their families. We want them to enjoy life after retirement, not to be suffering because of their choices today. But they have assembled teams of quality experts whom they trust. 

“They are very good at assessing the risks, making the decisions together, and then having the mental strength to push forward and do what they need to do.”

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