Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Nice Britain after a fifth set miss to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on day one of many 2021 U.S. Open tennis event at USTA Billie King Nationwide Tennis Middle. Necessary Credit score: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports activities
August 31, 2021
(Reuters) – Andy Murray launched a recent rocket at his U.S. Open conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas on Tuesday, griping that the Greek participant took longer on lavatory breaks than it took billionaire Jeff Bezos to achieve outer area.
The Briton was livid when Tsitsipas took a break that ran near eight minutes throughout their five-set first-round conflict on Monday, which he felt disrupted his recreation and swayed the result.
The 2012 Flushing Meadows champion was nonetheless stewing a day later.
“Reality of the day. It takes Stefanos Tsitsipas twice as lengthy to go the lavatory because it takes Jeff Bezos to fly into area. Attention-grabbing,” the 34-year-old Scot tweeted on Tuesday.
Tsitsipas, 23, had identified after the match that he had not damaged any guidelines, as there are not any deadlines on lavatory breaks. “If there’s one thing that he has to inform me, we should always converse the 2 of us to sort of perceive what went improper,” he mentioned.
His incensed youthful brother, Petros, responded to Murray’s broadside on Twitter: “By no means anticipated this type of behaviour, from a supposedly tennis legend!”
Murray had referred to as his opponent’s lavatory breaks “nonsense”, saying that he had been warned by his staff about such techniques earlier than the match.
Throughout the fifth set, the place Murray was damaged within the first recreation, the previous world primary may very well be heard shouting “it’s dishonest” in direction of his field.
Tsitsipas took the seven minute-plus break earlier than the decisive fifth set. He additionally took one other lavatory break earlier than the third set and a medical timeout within the run-up to the fourth.
He’ll tackle world quantity 44 Adrian Mannarino of France within the second spherical on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Modifying by Pravin Char)