US Open: Andy Murray aims jibe at Stefanos Tsitsipas who is booed after another lengthy toilet break
Andy Murray has rekindled his feud with Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek star took another long toilet break during his second round win over Adrian Mannarino.
The Greek third seed had infuriated the former world No. 1 with his long trips to the toilet in their marathon five-setter on Monday. Tsitsipas looked set to enter the third round as he took a two-set lead against Frenchman Mannarino.
But he was back to his old tricks after dropping the third set, leaving the field for over seven minutes and being booed by the Arthur Ashe crowd when he finally returned. The stoked world No. 3 took a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-0 victory.
Tsitsipas had infuriated Murray by using the same tactic in their first round thriller earlier this week. The two-time Wimbledon champion tweeted on Thursday morning: ‘Did something interesting happen last night?’ in an excavation at the Greek.
He had previously joked that “It takes Stefanos Tsitsipas twice as long to go to the toilet as Jeff Bezos does to fly into space. Interesting.’
However, the 23-year-old hit back at Murray’s criticism, citing an opportunity nine years ago when the Scot took a three-minute break from the US Open final.
Andy Murray has rekindled his feud with Stefanos Tsitsipas after taking another long toilet break
The Greek star left Arthur Ashe seven minutes after losing the third set on Wednesday night
Andy Murray took to Twitter to take another look at the Greek for his questionable behaviour
The former world No. 1 was furious with Tsitsipas after he did the same in the first round
Brit Murray couldn’t resist making a comment about Tsitsipas after his last antics
“I haven’t done anything wrong, so I don’t understand,” he insisted. ‘People love the sport, they come to watch tennis. I have nothing against them. I like the fans.
“But some people don’t understand. They haven’t played tennis at a high level yet to understand how much effort and how difficult it is to do what we do.
“Sometimes we need a little break to do what we need to do.”
When he heard that Murray’s break was less than three minutes, he replied, ‘OK. So three minutes more makes a difference?’
He concluded: ‘I did everything right. If I didn’t, I should be punished. I totally agree.
“But as far as I know, you know, it’s a necessity. It’s a need when I’m there, playing, performing.’
Tsitsipas accused Murray of using the same tactic during his 2012 US Open victory
French outsider Adrian Mannarino’s momentum was undone after Tsitsipas’ toilet break
Tsitsipas roars in spite of the disapproving crowd after dominating the fourth set
Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens joined the debate, claiming that players who went to the bathroom for extended periods were guilty of “game art”.
The 28-year-old American, who is on the WTA players’ council, said there is “certainly a rule or changes needed.”
“They make a lot of rule changes for smaller things, for example they took a minute break from the warm up,” said Stephens, who won the US Open title in 2017.
“I think there should definitely be a rule or change. If someone goes to the toilet for nine minutes, nobody says anything.
“I think now that there’s a lot of talk about it, people are getting in the press, people are tweeting about it, maybe it’s getting a little more attention, that gamemanship might change a little bit and change a little bit.”
An ATP statement on the matter read: ‘Revision of rules around toilet breaks, in addition to medical time-outs, has been an area of focus in recent months.
“This remains a work in progress… the assessment process involves extensive consultation with our members and other supporters.”
The 23-year-old protested his innocence to the crowd after his antics irritated them in New York
Another leak, this time in the roof, wreaked havoc on planning at the adjacent Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The game between Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman was halted after torrential rains started blowing in New York sideways through vents under the roof.
The bizarre circumstances forced the players from the soaking field, while the spectators had to take shelter under umbrellas.
The match was initially interrupted for 35 minutes while the surface was dry, but after a brief restart – with 11th seed Schwartzman winning the first set on a tiebreak – the game was interrupted again.
It wasn’t the only leak that was outraged, as a problem with the roof caused rain to enter the track
They continued after the Tsitsipas match at Ashe, with Argentinian Schwartzman winning 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-4.
Angelique Kerber’s clash with Anhelina Kalinina, which was to take place afterwards, had to be postponed to Thursday.
Daniil Medvedev’s bid for an elusive first grand slam title continued to gain momentum as he pushed Dominik Koepfer aside.
The second seed, who was a finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2019, followed his first round over Richard Gasquet with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win in two hours.
Medvedev said: “It was a great level from me – there were a few tight moments in the game that I managed to hold on to, and I’m very happy to be out in less than two hours.”