Andy Murray says he has lost respect for Stefanos Tsitsipas after US Open defeat
Andy Murray said he had lost respect for Stefanos Tsitsipas over the lengthy bathroom breaks Tsitsipas was taking between sets. Video via United States Tennis Association
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Former U.S. Open champion Andy Murray was fuming toward the end of his first-round loss to No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday — and well afterwards — over what he viewed as an unethically long bathroom break before the decisive fifth set. Tsitsipas also took a medical timeout after losing the third set to Murray to have the trainers look at a foot injury.
Immediately after the bathroom break, which clocked in at roughly eight minutes, Tsitsipas broke Murray’s serve and held on for an eventual 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory. Murray complained loudly about it to the chair umpire throughout the fifth set and offered an icy handshake at the net following match point.
Even after cooling down briefly in the locker room, Murray didn’t hesitate to unload on Tsitsipas’ tactics.
“It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match,” Murray said. “I’m not saying I necessarily win that match, for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those breaks. I think he’s a brilliant player. I think he’s great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff at all, and I lost respect for him.”
Murray, who is 34 years old and attempting to come back after having a major hip surgery in 2019, said he knows his comments could be construed as sour grapes but said he’d have come into the press conference saying the same thing if he’d won. And he’s not the only player to take issue with Tsitsipas’ lengthy trips to the bathroom after sets.
In fact, at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati fewer than two weeks ago, Alexander Zverev accused Tsitsipas during their semifinal match of taking his cell phone into the restroom after losing the first set and texting with his coach and father Apostolos, which is not allowed on the ATP Tour.
Zverev had no proof that Tsitsipas broke any rules, but at the very least, the long restroom breaks can be viewed as an attempt to disrupt rhythm or frustrate an opponent — and Tsitsipas has gained a reputation for abusing that loophole.
Tsitsipas dismissed the Zverev accusations as the product of his imagination — “I have never in my career done that,” he said — and defended his use of the bathroom breaks.
“I think it’s clear that I took my clothes with me when I left the court, and that’s the amount of time it takes for me to change my clothes and come back to the court — takes a little bit of time,” he said. “As far as I know you’re allowed to have two toilet breaks to change clothes in a five