“45 Minute Walk”: Andy Murray Recalls Funny Anecdote From His Last Moselle Open

Published 09/21/2021, 2:12 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 30: Andy Murray of United Kingdom reacts against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during their men’s singles first round match on Day One of the 2021 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


After an early first round exit at US Open 2021, Andy Murray is back on the tour again. The former world number 1 is playing in the Moselle Open in Metz, France.

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The three time grand slam champion, Andy Murray, has always been under the spotlight over his dramatic stories and comments. During a recent press conference, the Brit recalled an amusing anecdote from a previous appearance at Moselle Open in 2007.

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Murray recollected some old memories

During his press conference, a French reported asked to share some memories of the last time he played at Metz. Andy Murray’s last appearance at Moselle open was in 2007 finals against Tommy Robredo. Despite winning the first set handsomely by 6-0, Murray was unable to finish off the match. He lost to Robredo with a score of 6-0, 2-6, 3-6.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 26, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Florian Eisele

In his words the former world number said,” The guy who drove me back from the practice court to the hotel today was the driver who was driving back to the hotel after I lost to Tommy Robredo in the final in 2007. Brad Gilbert was coaching me at that time and he was not happy with me after the final.”

He further added,”It got pretty heated in the car and I actually got our and walked back to the hotel. I remember getting out and walking back to the hotel was a lot further than what i thought it was. It’s like 10-15 minutes in the car but more like a 45 minute walk. I didn’t really need that after playing a three set match.” Following his press conference, Brad Gilbert also posted about the unfortunate scenario.

Andy Murray at US Open 2021

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Andy Murray was tested in a five-setter in the opening round itself. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andy Murray’s match lasted over five hours in which Tsitsipas finally secured the match by winning the fifth set.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after a miss to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The encounter was controversial with Murray accusing Tsitsipas of cheating when Tsitsipas took an eight-minute toilet break during the game.

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Let’s hope his run at the Moselle Open is less heated this time around.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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