Andy Murray has hit out at Stefanos Tsitsipas for taking an eight-minute toilet break during his first-round US Open loss to the Greek.
The former Wimbledon champion, who is now ranked 112th in the world following several injury setbacks, found himself two sets to one up against his 23-year-old opponent in what was one of his finest displays in recent years.
However, Tsitsipas’ strengths shone through as he went on to win the fourth and the fifth sets 6-3 and 6-4 respectively to progress to the next round of the tournament.
But former world number one Murray was far from happy with the Greek’s extended toilet break which lasted eight minutes after the fourth set, even telling umpire Gerry Armstrong that he was ‘cheating.’
Tsitsipas also took a medical time-out after the third set and the Scot was very critical of his opponent in his post-match press conference, slamming his rather underhand tactics.
‘It’s never once taken me that long to go to the toilet,’ Murray said after the match.
‘It’s not so much leaving the court. It’s the amount of time. I spoke to my team before the match about it and said [we should] prepare for it if things were not going his way.
‘The issue is that you cannot stop the way that that affects you physically. When you’re playing a brutal match like that, [and you are] stopping for seven [or] eight minutes, you do cool down.’
Tsitsipas failed to be drawn on his alleged time-wasting tactics, but did admit that Murray made it difficult for him on the court.
‘It did not come easy to turn the match around. I had to make a lot of sacrifices,’ he said.
Dan Evans is the only Brit through to the second round so far with Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Cameron Norrie all suffering first round defeats, while Emma Raducanu and Katie Boulter play on Tuesday.
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