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Andy Murray’s feud with Stefanos Tsitsipas has taken a new turn after the Greek’s brother involved himself in the spat. The former world No.1 accused Tsitsipas of “cheating” after taking a lengthy bathroom break ahead of the final set in their US Open clash, disrupting momentum. He took aim at the third seed in a tweet today, and was condemned by Tsitsipas’ younger brother Petros in a now-deleted reply.
Murray doubled down on his criticism of Tsitsipas as he swiped at the world No.3 on Twitter following their fiery first-round match at the US Open.
The former champion in Flushing Meadows took issue with the third seed’s lengthy bathroom break during their clash, saying it influenced the outcome of the match.
He was visibly furious throughout the fifth set, accusing his opponent of “cheating” and was heard speaking to ATP Tour Supervisor Gerry Armstrong who was sat court-side, questioning what Tsitsipas was doing for eight minutes.
In another dig at the 23-year-old, Murray took to Twitter to lay into his opponent over the length of the bathroom break, tweeting: “Fact of the day. It takes Stefanos Tsitipas twice as long to go the bathroom as it takes Jeff Bazos to fly into space. Interesting.”
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Tsitsipas’ younger brother and fellow tennis player Petros then involved himself in the dispute, slamming Murray in a since-deleted response.
The world No 733 quoted the Brit’s tweet and replied: “Never expected this kind of behaviour, from a supposedly tennis legend.!”
He then backtracked, deleting the tweet and replacing it with new cryptic messages on his account.
“Twitter is so entertaining, I can’t,” he wrote, using tongue-out and laughing crying face emojis, before adding: “Not a place to be for Wild Card [king crown emoji] like me”.
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The 21-year-old has previously come under fire, receiving wild cards into the likes of the ATP 250 tournament in Marseille earlier this year, with many pointing out that he was only given chances to make his main-draw debut because of his older brother’s status in the game.
The elder Tsitsipas sibling is yet to comment to Murray’s latest quip, but insisted he was following the rules when speaking after the match on Monday (August 30).
“I don’t think I broke any rules,” he said in his press conference, when reporters informed him of the Brit’s stance on the issue.
“I played by the guidelines, how everything is. Yeah, definitely something for both of us to kind of chat about and make sure. I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m out there playing the match. It’s not really my priority.”
“As far as I’m playing by the rules and sticking to what the ATP says is fair, then the rest is fine. I have nothing against him. Absolutely nothing.”
Meanwhile, Murray offered a scathing view on the matter and said he didn’t think it was a coincidence that Tsitsipas disrupted momentum at crucial moments in the match.
Speaking after the five-set loss, he said: “Every single time it was either — well, before my serve as well. I think when he took the medical timeout, it was just after I had won the third set. Also in the fourth set when I had Love-30, he chose to go — I don’t know if he changed his racquet or what we was doing.
“But, yeah, it can’t be coincidence that it’s happening at those moments. I don’t believe it was causing him any issue at all. The match went on for another two and a bit hours after that or something. He was fine, moving great I thought.”
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