“I Lost Respect For Him”: Andy Murray Furious Over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Bathroom Breaks at US Open 2021

Published 08/30/2021, 8:56 PM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain after a 5th set miss to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 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


There could not have been a better start to the US Open 2021 than watching the animated Andy Murray on the court. Although he lost the epic four hours and 40 minutes long battle, he won the hearts of tennis fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium and around the world. However, Murray wasn’t particularly smiling about the way things went down in the fifth set.

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Before the decider set, third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas again excused himself for a lengthy bathroom break. Accordingly, Murray accused the Greek professional of getting illegal on-court coaching. Previously, the German Alexander Zverev had an identical reaction to Tsitsipas’s bathroom break in Cincinnati.

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Upset throughout the final set, the former World No.1 valiantly fought to survive the first round. But in response, Tsitsipas brought his best tennis to win 2-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece after beating Andy Murray of Great Britain 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

Andy Murray loses respect for Stefanos Tsitsipas after US Open 2021 R1

Even during the fifth set, the 2012 champion, Murray, kept hurling how the break had changed the match’s prospect. Afterward, while packing his things up, he drew parallels of the competition with U-12 tournaments.

“It’s a f**king joke, every f**king week, f**king under-12,” Murray murmured. Taking it further, the former World No.1 stated that he lost respect for his opponent after the match. “I lost respect for him,” Murray said. “I would’ve said the same thing if I’d won, I promise. It was nonsense and he knows it.”

Although Murray lost, it was one of his best-ever tennis matches in the past couple of years. Similarly, the Greek God Stefanos Tsitsipas, too, had to put forward his masterclass to deny the Scot.

Regrettably, Murray would be disappointed for a while to not stay in New York for more time. But indeed, the best of him is still alive in him.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain hits 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

As per the draw, Tsitsipas will go on to meet Adrian Mannarino in the second round. Fascinatingly, even he survived a tight five-set encounter on Day 1 of the US Open 2021.

Murray jokes with the chair umpire during US Open 2021 opener

Unquestionably, the three-time Grand Slam champion and the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium were in full sync. That is why it got more challenging to remain on the losing side.

While Murray did earn more break point opportunities, he could not hold on to them. Eventually, Tsitsipas had to serve for the match at 4-5 in the fifth set.

Funnily enough, Murray asked the chair umpire with a wink, “Can I get a trainer now?” Subsequently, he declined it, laughing a bit in himself.

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Hopefully, the best of Murray will keep coming back on the Tour. Besides, the US Open has just got started. Will the ATP take action against Tsitsipas’s consistent and long bathroom breaks?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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