Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray says he “lost respect” for Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek world No. 3 took multiple extended breaks at crucial times during their first-round US Open match.
Tsitsipas emerged as the winner of the tough game, beating the former world number one 2-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 to advance to the second round at Flushing Meadows. However, Murray was disappointed with how much time his opponent spent off-court; Tsitsipas took two bathroom breaks of longer than seven minutes and also received a medical time out.
“It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match,” Murray told reporters after the match. “I’m not saying I necessarily win that match, for sure, but it had an influence on what was happening after those breaks.
“I rate him a lot. 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.”
Tsitsipas took lengthy toilet breaks at the end of the second and fourth sets and received a medical time out for an apparent foot injury before the fourth set. Murray complained to chair umpire Nico Helwerth and US Open match supervisor Gerry Armstrong about the amount of time Tsitsipas was taking during the game.
After the match, Tsitsipas insisted he had done nothing wrong and that he had no hard feelings towards Murray.
“If there’s something that he has to tell me, we should speak the two of us to kind of understand what went wrong,” he told reporters. “I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines, how everything is. Yeah, definitely something for both of us to kind of chat about and make sure.
“I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m out there playing the match. It’s not really my priority. As far as I’m playing by the rules and sticking to what the ATP says is fair, then the rest is fine. I have nothing against him. Absolutely nothing.”