Drama erupted on day one of the 2021 US Open with a cheating accusation, and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios couldn’t resist chiming in.
Drama has erupted on day one of the 2021 US Open, and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios couldn’t resist chiming in.
During the blockbuster first round clash between two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, the British veteran accused his opponent of “cheating” following a lengthy toilet break.
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The thrilling contest was headed for a decisive fifth set when Tsitsipas retired to the sheds, returning almost 20 minutes later.
“He’s cheating,” Murray was overheard saying, according to several reports.
“What, for 20 minutes every time? There’s a toilet right there, what’s he doing? What’s he doing in there?
“It’s never once taken me that long to go to the toilet ever. And it’s right there.”
The Greek star broke serve early in the fifth set and ultimately claimed a 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in a match that lasted almost five hours.
“It’s a f***ing joke, every f***ing week, f***ing under-12,” Murray muttered after the defeat.
Kyrgios shared his thoughts on Instagram: “How many number 2’s does this guy take?”
The 34-year-old Murray continued venting about the controversial bathroom break in the post-match press conference.
“It’s nonsense, and they need to make a change because it’s not good for the sport, it’s not good for TV, it’s not good to fans. I don’t think it’s a good look for players either,” he told reporters.
“I would’ve said the same thing if I’d won, I promise. It was nonsense, and he knows it.
“I lost respect for him.”
Kyrgios gets his US Open campaign underway on Tuesday when he faces world No. 21 Roberto Bautista Agut on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The 26-year-old made his long-awaited return to tennis at Wimbledon earlier this year, where he suffered a third-round exit due to an abdominal injury.
The Australian then made the shock decision to snub the Tokyo Olympics and instead take part in the Atlanta Open, exiting in the round of 16 following a straight sets defeat to Britain’s Cameron Norrie.
Following early losses at the Washington Open and Canadian Open, Kyrgios enters the US Open coming off three consecutive defeats.
Kyrgios and Bautista Agut have faced each other just once in the past five years, with the Spaniard claiming a comfortable straight sets victory at the 2020 ATP Cup.
The match is scheduled to commence at approximately 11.40am AEST.