Britain’s Andy Murray lost in the first round of the US Open on Monday after a nearly five-hour duel with Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. And let’s say that the person who won at Flushing Meadows in 2012 did not appreciate the actions of his opponent at all.
In fact, Tsitsipas, the third candidate for the competition, has twice taken a break, for which during the best five matches he is entitled to go to the bathroom and/or change his clothes. However, the regulations state that the player must return within a “reasonable period of time”. The Greek left the field after the second and fourth halves. This last absence of seven minutes.
And let’s say the Briton didn’t find this plausible at all.
“It’s not really about leaving the field, it’s how long it takes (him),” Murray said after the match. […] It is disappointing because I have a feeling that the outcome of the meeting has changed. I’m not saying I would have won the match, but there was an impact on what happened after the breaks.
“He’s a brilliant player and he’s good at tennis. But I have absolutely no time (to waste) and I’ve lost the respect I had for him. If everyone thinks he’s right then there’s no problem and I’m the unreasonable one. But I think it’s ridiculous and he knows it all too well” .
In addition to those breaks, Tsitsipas also resorted to a medical timeout after the third set to treat a foot injury.
And on Tuesday morning, Murray clearly looked as grumpy as ever.
“The day is over. Stefanos Tsitsipas takes twice as long to go to the bathroom than it takes Jeff Pazos (Editor’s note: Bezos) to go to space. Interesting,” the Briton said via a message on his Twitter account.
This isn’t the first time a player has complained about a competitor trying to change the momentum of the game, regardless of the means, even if it’s legal. Murray has a strong opinion on the matter.
“In the end, (Editor’s Note: Administrators) they can’t do anything because those are the rules,” Murray said. But I’m part of the Players Council and we often talk about changing those rules to try and reduce exploitation.”
In the next round, Tsitsipas will face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
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