Former world number one Andy Murray says he has “lost respect” for Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas after a long toilet break sparked frustrations in the opening round of the US Open.
Most important points:
- Former world number one Andy Murray has lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open
- Murray complained about his opponent’s long toilet break at a crucial moment
- Tsitsipas steamed ahead to claim the final set after leaving the field for several minutes
The match lasted five hours, but Murray’s dismay became apparent after the fourth set, when Tsitsipas disappeared from the court for a bathroom break which Murray said was unfair.
When Tsitsipas returned minutes later, Murray dropped the service, and after trailing 2-0 in the final set, said: “It’s never taken me this long to go to the toilet, ever.”
Tsitsipas, who reportedly changed in hot, sticky conditions, then steamed ahead to claim the final set, winning 2-6, 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
After the game, Murray said he had “lost respect” for third seed Tsitsipas.
“It’s just disappointing because I think it affected the outcome of the game. I’m not saying I necessarily win that game, but it did affect what happened after those breaks,” he said.
“I lost respect for him.
It wasn’t the only struggle Murray faced during the match; at one point he lost his balance in sweat-soaked shoes and left stains on the blue track of his soaked clothes.
Murray, once a US Open champion, is ranked 112th in the world after a series of health challenges.
On hearing Murray’s complaint, world number three Tsitstipas said he had broken no rules.
“If he has to tell me something, we have to talk, the two of us, to understand what went wrong. I don’t think I broke any rules,” he said.