It wasn’t his opponent’s dazzling leg speed or his serve speed that Andy Murray was still alive the day after his match. The statistic that stuck with 2012 US Open champion Murray was the amount of time his rival Stefanos Tsitsipas took during his off-court break.
“Fact of the day. It takes Jeff Bazos twice as long to go to the bathroom as it takes Stefanos Sitipas to go to space. Interesting,” Mureu Posted on Twitter Tuesday morning, misspelling the names of both his rival and Amazon billionaire, but adding emojis of a toilet and a rocket ship for clarity.
On Monday, third-seeded Tsitsipas defeated Murray 2-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the fifth set after an off-court break. had begun. Tsitsipas. Although two off-court breaks are allowed by the rules during best-of-five matches, Murray was furious when he saw Tsitsipas leave the court after the fourth set, which was won by Tsitsipas. .
“Why are they allowed to do this?” Murray angrily asked chair umpire Nico Helworth. “Why?”
Murray, 34, sat on his bench at Arthur Ashe Stadium, changed his shirt, wrapped an ice towel around his neck and, hydrated, looked at the court entrance repeatedly. After a few minutes of sitting and tossing his feet, Murray got up and sprinted past the baseline, tossing the ball and hitting it softly against the video wall at the back of the court.
“What is your opinion on this?” Murray asked Helworth. “You’re officiating the match. Give me an opinion: you think it’s cool?” Murray asked Grand Slam observer Gerry Armstrong, “You think it’s okay, what’s going on?”
When Tsitsipas returned more than seven minutes after the final point was played, he went to his bench, then went to a cooler to get a bottle of water. Then he sat down on his bench, and Murray shouted “Get up! What’s up, get up!”
When fans began to boo, Murray pumped his arms to encourage them.
Murray, still buoyed, dropped his serve in the following game, and Tsitsipas held on to that break to take advantage of the rest of the set. Murray stated that he was prepared to take long breaks for Tsitsipas if the match was not going according to him, for which he believed Tsitsipas had a reputation.
“It’s just disappointing because I think it affected the outcome of the match,” Murray said. “I’m not saying that I will definitely win that match, but it had an impact on what was happening after those breaks. I rate him a lot. I think he’s a fantastic player. Me Looks like he’s great for the game. But I have absolutely zero time for that stuff, and I’ve lost respect for him.”
Explained about Murray’s comments, Tsitsipas, 23, said she hoped to speak to him directly.
“If there is anything he has to tell me, we must speak, both of us, to understand what went wrong,” Tsitsipas said. “I don’t think I have broken any rules. I played according to the guidelines, that’s how everything is.
“I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m playing a match; it’s not really my priority,” Tsitsipas said. “As far as I’m playing by the rules and what the ATP says is fair, everything else is fine.”
Tsitsipas said that his time off the court was “just as long as it takes for me to change my clothes and walk back to court.”
Acknowledging that players are often accused of abusing bathroom breaks or medical timeout rules to change the pace of matches, Murray said that he and other members of the player council had discussed changes to the rules Can make gamesmanship more difficult.
“If everyone else thinks it’s totally cool and there’s no problem, I’m probably being unfair,” Murray said. “But I think it’s bullshit. And he knows it too.”
In a statement, the United States Tennis Association cited its previous implementation of visible serve clocks and warm-up clocks in recent years, “with regard to speed of play as a significant issue in our sport”. “We need to continue to review and explore potential adjustments to the rules, whether for bathroom breaks/dress or other areas, that could positively affect the pace of play for our fans and ensure the fairness and integrity of the game.” could,” the statement said.
Although tennis players generally shy away from broaching each other’s disputes, many can’t resist.
“Andy is right!” Canada’s Milos Raonic has been ruled out of the US Open with a right leg injury. posted on twitter on Monday night.
Asked if he thought Novak Djokovic was the favorite to win the US Open after his first-round win on Tuesday, Alexander Zverev managed to take a dig at Tsitsipas in his reply.
“I think Stefanos can play well if he doesn’t go to the moon and go back for the toilet break, that would help too,” Zverev said with a grin.
Zverev had previously accused Tsitsipas of himself during a semi-final match at the Western and Southern Open in August, alleging that he used a mobile phone to illegally communicate about tactics with his coach and father, Apostolos. is using the phone.
Zverev reiterated his doubts on Tuesday. “He’s gone for more than 10 minutes; his father is messaging on the phone,” Zverev said. “He comes out, and suddenly his strategy completely changes. It’s not just me but everyone sees it. The whole game plan changes. I’m like, either way. It’s a very magical place he goes to.” , or there is communication.
“But I don’t want to disrespect him either,” said Zverev. “He’s a great player.”
Tsitsipas denied fraud on Monday.
“I have never done this in my career; I don’t know what kind of imagination is needed to get to that point,” Tsitsipas said. “It’s not something I want to take seriously because it’s absolutely ridiculous to think about.”
Tsitsipas was supported by American player Reilly Opelka, who also took a long break during his first-round victory.
“We’re hydrating a lot; we have to use the bathroom,” Opelka said. “To change — my socks, the shoes, my inserts in my shoes, the shorts, the shirt, everything, the whole nine yards, the hat — in It takes five, six minutes.
“If people don’t understand this, clearly they haven’t spent a day in the life of a professional athlete or come close to it,” Opelka said.
Murray, who has spent most of his days as a professional athlete, ended his news conference by saying it was a shame that a five-hour match between two top players was eclipsed by stall tactics.
“I’m sitting here after a match like this against one of the best players in the world, and instead of talking about how awesome he is, how good he is for the game, how good it was for me to be able to After whatever it’s been like to have a performance like this, I’m here to talk about bathroom breaks and medical timeouts and delays in matches,” Murray said. “That’s bullshit. I don’t think it’s right.”