Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring
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Stefanos Tsitsipas has now seen the funny side from the controversy surrounding his toilet breaks at the US Open as he gets ready to compete at Indian Wells. Tsitsipas has come under fire this year for the timing and length of his toilet breaks in matches.
Things came to a head at Flushing Meadows though in his first-round match against Murray.
The pair were locked in a tense five-set thriller, which Murray had led 2-1 at one stage.
Tsitsipas went on to force a fifth set, but then proceeded to take a toilet break at the start of the decider.
The issue then arose on the length of time Tsitsipas was taking for the comfort break, which saw him away from the court for nearly eight minutes.
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Meanwhile, Murray was seen growing agitated and soon exploded at the match umpire, accusing Tsitsipas of cheating.
The Greek tennis star would eventually go on to win the match and Murray’s frustration only grew stronger when he spoke to the press afterwards.
“It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match,” Murray said at the time.
“I’m not saying I necessarily win that match for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those breaks.”
Tsitsipas hit back at claims he broke any rules, although the ATP Tour are reportedly looking to impose stricter rules.
The men’s world No 3 is back in action this week at Indian Wells, where he could face Murray again the semi finals should they both reach that far.
But Tsitsipas has joked that he won’t be required to take long toilet breaks at the BNP Paribas Open due to the weather conditions this week.
“It’s very dry here,” Tsitsipas said in his pre-tournament press conference.
“That is good for me because I sweat less, which makes for less bathroom breaks, which makes for less complaints. So a very good sign so far,” he said with a smile.
Tsitsipas enters the tournament as the No 2 seed with Novak Djokovic not competing.
The 23-year-old has received a bye for the first round and will face qualifier Roberto Marcora or Spaniard Pablo Martinez later this week.
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