ANDY MURRAY accused Stefanos Tsitsipas of ‘dishonest’ after the Greek took a prolonged toilet break throughout their US Open thriller.
The Brit added he ‘misplaced respect’ for the world No3 for taking his eight-minute stoppage earlier than the fifth set.
Andy Murray raged about Stefanos Tsitsipas’ prolonged toilet break and accused the Greek of ‘dishonest’Credit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Tsitsipas headed off courtroom for eight minutes earlier than the fifth set began – then broke MurrayCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Murray, 34, put in arguably his finest tennis efficiency in 4 years to push the French Open finalist all the way in which.
However the Brit eventually lost 2-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 in four hours and 48 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Through the match, he vented ‘it’s dishonest’ and flagged it to match supervisor Gerry Armstrong and stated: “It is by no means taken me that lengthy to go to the toilet ever.”
After which talking in his press convention, the 2012 champion once more let rip at his opponent for the lengthy delay to get modified.
Ex-world No1 Murray raged: “It isn’t a lot leaving the courtroom. It is the period of time.
“I spoke to my crew earlier than the match about it and stated [we should] put together for it if issues weren’t going his manner.
“The problem is that you simply can not cease the way in which that that impacts you bodily. Once you’re enjoying a brutal match like that, [and you are] stopping for seven [or] eight minutes, you do quiet down.”
Murray added: “Each single time it was earlier than my function effectively. I believe when he took the medical time-out, it was simply after I had received the third set.
“Additionally within the fourth set, after I had 0-30, he selected to go. I do not know if he modified his racket or what he was doing.
“However, yeah, it will possibly’t be coincidence that it is taking place at these moments. I do not imagine it [the foot that Tsitsipas had treated after the third set] was inflicting him any difficulty in any respect.
“The match went on for an additional two-and-a-bit hours after that or one thing. He was wonderful, shifting nice I assumed.
“It is simply disappointing as a result of I really feel it influenced the result of the match.
“I am not saying I essentially win that match, for positive, nevertheless it had affect on what was taking place after these breaks.
“I fee him lots. I believe he is a superb participant. I believe he is nice for the sport. However I’ve zero time for that stuff in any respect, and I misplaced respect for him.”
The problem surrounding toilet breaks stays an ongoing debate inside tennis.
Each gamers went off for a change of garments after the second-set tie-break as their shorts and t-shirts have been dripping with sweat within the New York warmth and humidity.
However many imagine gamers recurrently use the breaks tactically as an act of gamesmanship.
Tsitsipas, already under fire from Murray for refusing to get a Covid-19 vaccination, has been accused of precisely that beforehand.
It seems like bitter grapes as a result of I’ve misplaced however I might have stated the identical factor if I might received. It was nonsense, and he is aware of it.
Simply final week of their Cincinnati semi-final, Alexander Zverev urged the 23-year-old was utilizing the bathroom journey to obtain teaching from his dad and coach Apostolos – who was noticed texting on his cellphone whereas his son was off courtroom.
Murray, whose serve was damaged instantly after Tsitsipas’ break originally of the deciding set, continued: “Perhaps I am being unreasonable. Perhaps I am overreacting to one thing as a result of I misplaced the match.
“However proper now sitting right here I really feel prefer it’s nonsense and they should make a change as a result of it isn’t good for the game, it isn’t good for TV, it isn’t good for followers.
“I do not assume it is a good search for the gamers both. I am sitting in right here after a match like that in opposition to the most effective gamers on this planet, and moderately than speaking about how improbable he’s, how good he’s for the sport, how nice it was for me that I used to be in a position to placed on a efficiency like that after the whole lot that is gone on the final 4 years, I am sitting in right here speaking about toilet breaks and medical time-outs and delays in matches. That is garbage. I do not assume that that is proper.
“I stated to Nicola [Arzani, the ATP media manager], I do not need to do press tonight as a result of I do know I will sit right here and it may appear to be I am simply smashing him.
“That is annoying for me as a result of it seems like bitter grapes since you’ve misplaced a match and the whole lot.
“I might have stated the identical factor if I might received, I promise. It was nonsense, and he is aware of it.”
Tsitsipas, seeded third on the US Open, will play Frenchamn Adrian Mannarino in spherical two after he got here from two units all the way down to beat compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
And the 2019 ATP Finals winner defended himself after Murray’s feedback.
Tsitsipas responded: “If there’s one thing that he has to inform me, we must always converse the 2 of us to grasp what went unsuitable.
“I do not assume I broke any guidelines. I performed by the rules, how the whole lot is.
“I believe it is clear that I took my garments with me after I left the courtroom.
“That is the period of time it takes for me to vary my garments and to stroll again to the courtroom takes a bit little bit of time.
“I do not understand how my opponent feels after I’m on the market enjoying the match. It is not likely my precedence.
“So far as I am enjoying by the foundations and sticking to what the ATP says is honest, then the remaining is ok. I’ve nothing in opposition to him. Completely nothing.”
Each gamers obtained modified after the second set within the sweltering New York warmthCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Murray made his emotions made identified to US Open officers in the course of the stoppageCredit score: AP
Tsitsipas has hit headlines just lately over extra dishonest accusations and refusing a Covid-19 vaccineCredit score: AP
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