British tennis star Andy Murray was left fuming at Australian Open Umpire last month, after he was refused a toilet break.
‘I mean, do you know something,’ Murray told the umpire. ‘I respect the rules. It’s so disrespectful that the tournament has us out here until 3, f***ing 4 o’clock in the morning and we’re not allowed to take a piss.
‘It’s a joke,’ he fumed. ‘It is a joke a you know it! It’s disrespectful. It’s disrespectful to you, it’s disrespectful to the players and we’re not allowed to go to the toilet. Ridiculous.’
Last year, Murray was offended by Tsitsipas for taking a long toilet break.
Murray then took to Twitter to mock his opponent after losing to him in five sets in the first round.
‘Fact of the day. It takes Stefanos Tsitipas [sic] twice as long to go the bathroom as it takes Jeff Bazos [sic] to fly into space. Interesting.’
Murray claimed Tsitsipas was going to the toilet ‘for 20 minutes every time’. Amazon founder Bezos’s flight into space last month from the Texas desert took ten minutes.
‘In the toilets right there, what’s he doing in there? It’s never once taken me that long to go to the toilet ever when it’s right there.’
Murray’s prominent voice on bathroom breaks led to a rule change – with the ATP Tour bringing in fixed limits allowing only one visit per match, for a maximum of three minutes once they enter the facility.
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Tennis pros Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have voiced their concern over Canada’s decision to hand America a walk over in the Davis Cup final.
The Canadians, who had already won the group stage match against America, said that their players weren’t fit to play against the Americans in the dead rubber doubles final. The Americans were awarded the match by 6-0, 6-0, which has ruffled quite a few feathers in the international professional men circuit.
Andy Murray from Great Britain voiced his discontent first and mentioned that this wasn’t good. “I think that when we spoke in here yesterday, I was saying I felt like one of the positive things to the way the group stages work is that all of the matches are live, there aren’t any dead rubbers. And, I believe they also would have had two days off as well after that so I think they should have played the tie,” said Murray.
World No.2 Novak Djokovic also mentioned that he heard the news recently and didn’t like it personally. “I personally don’t like that. I mean, that shouldn’t be allowed, to be honest. I understand that Canada is through already, they won both of their ties. Maybe some of the players like Felix, I think he’s injured, and they wanted to rest their players for the quarterfinals and onwards. But I just feel it’s not fair that the USA gets 6-0 6-0 because they are going actually head-to-head now against Italy. But I also understand it wouldn’t be fair if you just don’t give a point, you know, because USA was ready to play doubles. So I don’t know. But I think everyone should be obliged to come out and play, at least play,” said the world number 2.
A statement by the ITF clarified that USA were given the win because three players from the Canadian team were declared unfit by an independent doctor. The lack of professionalism, however, hasn’t gone down well with the pros of the game.
Andy Murray was once the top seed in the world of tennis. Well, that time appears to have long gone, considering his recent performances. In the quarter-finals of the Shehnzen Open, Fernando Verdasco beat Murray in straight sets. To call this a humbling defeat or a humiliating experience for Andy Murray is entirely up to you. However, in this regard, one thing that’s to be noted is that this episode has brought out the strength of Murray’s character.
When a top seed gets defeated in this fashion, you’d expect them to go back to the drawing and come back stronger than ever. Quitting would be the last thing on their mind, owing to how champions don’t quit. However, in case of Andy Murray, all of these talks have proved futile, considering how Murray has decided to quit this season!
Yes, you’ve read that correctly. It only took a straight set defeat for Andy Murray to drop curtains on the current season. Andy Murray was due to play in China Open in Beijing this October. However, after his humiliating defeat to Verdasco, he has decided to withdraw from the competition as well.
If you’re a fan of tennis, you’d know of Andy Murray and what he was capable of pulling off on the court. However, with this decision, Murray has reduced himself to mere mockery. If he really is all that he claims himself to be, he shouldn’t have quit. Champions, role models and icons don’t have such an attitude. If this truly is the real face of Andy Murray, it’s advisable for him to quit the sport altogether and salvage his legacy!