‘Has anything interesting happened at the US Open?’: Andy Murray takes aim ANOTHER joke at Stefanos Tsitsipas wasting time as fans PENALIZE his ’20 minute toilet breaks’ following the British hero’s anger over his epic defeat in the first round
- Stefanos Tsitsipas drew the ire of the US Open crowd on Wednesday
- The Greek took another long toilet break in his win over Adrian Mannarino
- World No 3 Tsitsipas infuriated Andy Murray by doing the same this week
- The Arthur Ashe crowd chased Tsitsipas out on his return after seven minutes
Stefanos Tsitsipas was booed by the US Open crowd after taking another long bathroom break during his second round win over Adrian Mannarino.
The Greek third seed had angered Andy Murray with his long trips to the toilet in their marathon five-setter on Monday.
Tsitsipas looked set to enter the third round as he took a two-set lead against Frenchman Mannarino.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was roundly booed by the US Open crowd after taking another toilet break
The Greek star left Arthur Ashe seven minutes after losing the third set on Wednesday night
Andy Murray took to Twitter to take another look at the Greek for his questionable behaviour
But he was back to his old tricks after dropping the third set and leaving the field for more than seven minutes.
The overnight crowd at Arthur Ashe made their feelings clear when he finally returned, but the excited number three in the world took a 6-3 6-4 6-7(4) 6-0 victory.
Tsitsipas had infuriated Sir Andy Murray by using the same tactics in their first round thriller earlier this week. The former world No. 1 tweeted Thursday morning: ‘Did something interesting happen last night?’ in an excavation at the Greek.
Afterwards, Tsitsipas insisted, “I didn’t do anything wrong, so I don’t understand. The people love the sport, they come to watch tennis. I have nothing against them. I like the fans.
“But some people don’t understand. They haven’t played tennis at a high level yet to understand how much effort and how difficult it is to do what we do.
Briton Andy Murray was angry about Tsitsipas’ questionable toilet break in the first round
French outsider Adrian Mannarino’s momentum was disrupted by Tsitsipas’ toilet break
“Sometimes we need a little break to do what we need to do.”
Clearly annoyed by the criticism from Murray and some other players, Tsitsipas brought up a toilet break the Scot took after the fourth set of his win in the final against Novak Djokovic in 2012.
When he heard that the intermission was less than three minutes, he replied, “OK. So three minutes more makes a difference?’
He concluded: ‘I did everything right. If I didn’t, I should be punished. I totally agree.
“But as far as I know, you know, it’s a necessity. It’s a need when I’m there, playing, performing.’
Tsitsipas roars in spite of the disapproving crowd after dominating the fourth set
Another leak, this time in the roof, wreaked havoc on planning at the adjacent Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The game between Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman was halted after torrential rains started blowing in New York sideways through vents under the roof.
The bizarre circumstances forced the players from the soaking field, while the spectators had to take shelter under umbrellas.
The match was initially interrupted for 35 minutes while the surface was dry, but after a brief restart – with 11th seed Schwartzman winning the first set on a tiebreak – the game was interrupted again.
The 23-year-old protested his innocence to the crowd after his antics irritated them in New York
It wasn’t the only leak that was outraged, as a problem with the roof caused rain to enter the track
They continued after the Tsitsipas match at Ashe, with Argentinian Schwartzman winning 7-6 (4) 6-3 6-4.
Angelique Kerber’s clash with Anhelina Kalinina, which was to take place afterwards, had to be postponed to Thursday.
Daniil Medvedev’s bid for an elusive first grand slam title continued to gain momentum as he pushed Dominik Koepfer aside.
The second seed, who was a finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2019, followed his first round over Richard Gasquet with a 6-4 6-1 6-2 win in two hours.
Medvedev said: “It was a great level from me – there were a few tight moments in the game that I managed to hold on to, and I’m very happy to be out in less than two hours.”