Andy Murray lost respect for Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek player took a lengthy bathroom break during their five-hour match.
NEW YORK (WABC) — Andy Murray claimed that his opponent had unjustly acquired an edge by taking a long toilet break and an opportune medical stoppage during his first-round defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open on Monday.
“It’s simply frustrating because I believe it had an impact on the match’s result,” Murray remarked. “I’m not saying I’m going to win the match, but it did have an impact on what happened following those breaks.”
Tsitsipas won the marathon match in four hours and 48 minutes, winning 2-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. After losing the third set, the No. 3 seed and 2021 French Open finalist got medical treatment on his left foot and went to the restroom after winning the fourth set.
Murray spoke on the court about how long Tsitsipas was taking in the restroom at the moment, and he repeated his complaint after play restarted. When speaking to the media after the game, he remained upset.
“The problem is that you can’t change how it affects you physically,” Murray said. “You do calm down when you’re playing a tough match like that, you know, pausing for seven, eight minutes.” You may mentally prepare for it all you want, but the reality that it affects you physically when you take a break that long, well, several times throughout the match, is what matters.
“I believe he took the medical break shortly after I won the third set.” He also decided to leave in the fourth set when I had Love-30 — I’m not sure whether he changed his racket or what he was doing. But, yes, it’s impossible that it’s occurring at those times by chance.
“I don’t think [his foot] was bothering him in the least. After then, the match carried on for another two and a half hours or so. He seemed good and was moving well, I thought.”
Tsitsipas said he had broken no regulations and was just changing his clothing in the toilet.
He said, “I don’t believe I violated any regulations.” “I did everything according to the rules.” Yeah, it’s something that both of us should talk about and be sure of. When I’m out on the court, I have no idea how my opponent feels. It’s not a top priority for me.
“As long as I follow the rules and do what the ATP says is fair, everything else is OK.”
Murray is the second player to accuse Tsitsipas of unjustly obtaining an edge via toilet breaks in less than two weeks. Tsitsipas took an eight-minute break after the first set of his Cincinnati Open semifinal against Alexander Zverev, and Zverev informed the chair umpire he thought Tsitsipas was cheating and getting inappropriate instruction through his cellphone.
On the court, Zverev stated, “He stole his bag with his phone and everything in it.” “It was the same thing in Paris, and it’ll be the same way in every event he plays.”
Murray refused to comment on whether Tsitsipas was getting instruction during his vacation when questioned about Zverev’s allegations, saying he had “no clue.” Murray, on the other hand, said that Tsitsipas’ actions on Monday had altered his mind.
Murray remarked, “I believe he’s a great player.” “He’s a fantastic fit for the game, in my opinion. But I don’t have time for that, and I’ve lost respect for him as a result.”