Andy Murray sharply criticized his US Open first-round opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas for taking long breaks in their five-set marathon match at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.
Murray played at his best for some time against the world No.3 in a game that lasted nearly five hours but lost 2-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Before the deciding fifth set, Tsitsipas left the field and did not return for seven minutes. During his absence, Murray complained to the referee and match supervisor Jerry Armstrong about the long delay. When his opponent returned, Murray lost his next serve game as Tsitsipas took control of the last set and closed the game.
“The toilet is right there. What is he doing in there? Murray, visibly agitated, asked Armstrong during Tsitsipas’ break. “It never took me so long to go to the bathroom, ever.
After the game Murray said: “It’s not so much to leave the field, it’s about the time… you can’t stop the way it’s affecting you physically. It’s disappointing because I feel like it influenced the outcome of the match. I’m not saying I’m winning this game for sure, but it had an influence on what happened after those breaks.
Tsitsipas also left the pitch for a toilet break before the third set and requested a medical time out to receive treatment for a foot injury before the fourth set.
“I rate him a lot, he’s a brilliant player and he’s great for the game,” said Murray. “But I don’t have any time for that sort of thing, and I’ve lost respect for him. If everyone feels like it’s totally cool and there’s nothing wrong with it. , so maybe I’m the unreasonable one, but I think it’s nonsense and he knows it too.
Murray was still clearly pissed off at the length of Tsitsipas’ breaks the next day, seen in a rather sarcastic and funny tweet he posted about the issue. “Done of the day. Stefanos Tsitipas takes twice as long to use the bathroom as it does for Jeff Bazos to fly in space. Interesting, ”the 34-year-old wrote.
Tsitsipas will meet France’s Adrian Mannarino, world number 44, in the second round on Wednesday.