“He cheats, 20 minutes each time? It’s never taken me this long!’: Fuming Andy Murray should be furious at Stefanos Tsitsipas’ long TOILET breaks during ‘nonsense’ US Open defeat
Andy Murray was upset about Stefanos Tsitsipas’ long toilet breaks in his first-round five-set defeat at the US Open.
Courtside mics picked up on Murray’s frustration at the time the world’s number 3 had to take a break.
An enraged Murray chided the Greek star for the ‘nonsense’ and said he had lost respect for him after Tsitsipas disappeared from the court for nearly eight minutes at the start of the fifth set.
Andy Murray was angry about Stefanos Tsitsipas’ long toilet breaks at the US Open
Microphones on the pitch picked up Murray’s frustration with his opponent’s long intervals
The 34-year-old could be heard raging against supervisor Gerry Armstrong in first-round defeat
The 34-year-old heard you ranting to supervisor Gerry Armstrong, “What, 20 minutes each time? How long do you think it was? In the toilets there, what is he doing there? I’ve never taken so long to go to the toilet when it’s there.’
He continued to the match referee: ‘What is your opinion on this? Give me an opinion, do you like it?
He also labeled Tsitsipas’ toilet breaks as “cheating.”
The Scot was furious at the long intervals Tsitsipas took between sets and demanded that more be done to curb the ‘nonsense’.
“It’s not so much leaving the court. It’s the amount of time,’ Murray said.
“I talked about it with my team before the game and said that you should expect that, prepare yourself if things don’t go well. So I tried to do that.
World No 3 Tsitsipas claimed a five-set win over Murray and won 2-6, 7-6 (7,) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Murray berated the Greek star for the ‘nonsense’ and said he’d lost respect for him
“But the problem is, you can’t stop the way that touches you physically. When you’re playing such a brutal game, you know, stopping for seven, eight minutes will cool you down.
“It’s just disappointing because I think it affected the outcome of the game. I’m not saying I necessarily win that match, but it affected what happened after those breaks.
‘I appreciate him a lot. I think he is a brilliant player. I think he’s great for the game. But I don’t have time for that sort of thing at all, and I lost respect for him.
‘That’s what I feel. But if everyone thinks that’s totally cool and there’s no problem with it, then maybe I’m the one being unreasonable.
‘But I think it’s nonsense. And he knows it too.’
Murray reacts after losing a point in first round match against Tsitsipas at Flushing Meadows
Tsitsipas denied bending the rules after a 2-6, 7-6 (7,) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over the 2012 champion in just under five hours.
“If he has to tell me something, we have to talk, the two of us, to understand a little bit what went wrong,” Tsitsipas said.
“I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines, how everything is. I don’t know how my opponent feels when I play the match. It’s not really my priority.
“As long as I stick to the rules and what the ATP says is fair, the rest is fine. I have nothing against him. Nothing.’
Murray’s defeat, and that of Marin Cilic, who lost in straight sets to Philipp Kohlschreiber, means there is only one player left in the men’s lottery who has won a grand slam title – 20-time big winner Novak Djokovic.
Daniil Medvedev, the second seed from Russia, got his bid for a maiden grand slam title with a confident start by beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets.
The 25-year-old roared past Frenchman Gasquet 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 in less than two hours.