WATCH: Two Girls Fight Over Andy Murray’s Towel at ATP Antwerp 2021

Published 10/21/2021, 9:58 PM EDT
MASON, OHIO – AUGUST 12: Andy Murray of Great Britain signs autographs after a training session on center court during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 12, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


The 2021 season has been a comeback year for Andy Murray, even though he is still fighting to win big matches. More than anything, fans are enjoying his return and rallying behind him in every tournament. However, some take this fandom to a whole new level. Recently, two girls fought over Murray’s towel as he walked out of the court in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Notably, the 34-year-old lost to second seed Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 7-6 in the European Open second round. And as usual, he threw his towel in the crowd as a souvenir for fans. Indeed, none of the two girls who got their hands on it wanted to let go of Murray’s towel.

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Two young girl tennis fans fight to keep Andy Murray’s towel

Previously, Andy Murray survived the lengthiest 3-set clash of the ATP 2021 season against Frances Tiafoe in the opening round in Antwerp. It took him three hours and 45 minutes to win that one. This time, he came close in both the sets but couldn’t hold on for longer as Diego Schwartzman battled past him in straight sets.

But where one battle got over, another began. Funnily enough, two young girl tennis fans engaged in a harmless fight to win Murray’s towel. See the video to find out who succeeded.

Tennis-wise, the former World No.1 has lost only against top-ranked players on the Tour in the last month. However, such a win would boost his confidence further.

Ultimately, Murray’s campaign in the European Open 2021 ended, courtesy of the Argentine. Now, Schwartzman will take on 20-year-old American Brandon Nakashima to reach the Antwerp semifinals.

Oct 12, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) reacts after missing a shot against Alexander Zverev (GER) during a third round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Without a doubt, Schwartzman must be happy with this win over the three-time Grand Slam champion. It will now be interesting to see how far he can go in this tournament.

What’s next for Andy Murray after his Antwerp 2021 loss?

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The season doesn’t end for Murray as he moves from one tournament to another, building his return. Accordingly, he will be hoping to compete in the upcoming tournaments, Vienna and Rolex Paris Masters.

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

What’s concerning is, given Murray’s low rankings, he faces tough draws from the first rounds itself. No doubt, it has made consistent winning a challenge for him.

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Hopefully, the Scot will get past this challenging time soon and start going deep into tournaments. Let’s see what’s in stock for him for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Watch this story: Andy Murray vs Frances Tiafoe: Longest Best-of-Three Clash of 2021 ATP Season

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior 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 1000 tennis articles.

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