Tennis player Andy Murray slammed Greek counterpart Stefanos Tsitsipas for his dirty tactics, saying that his use of them was questionable.
Murray and Tsitsipas’ match at the 2019 Australian Open continues to be discussed to this day. The current World No. 3 ended up winning against Murray, but the way he did it did not sit well with the Brit.
Tsitsipas took a lot of breaks in the match, delaying it and frustrating Murray. The momentum swung away from him and he ended up losing the match.
As a result, Murray slammed Tsitsipas for his dirty tactics, saying that he shouldn’t be doing it if he wanted to be respected.
“The issue is that you cannot stop the way that that affects you physically,” he said, as quoted by sportingnews.com.
“When you’re playing a brutal match like that, stopping for seven, eight minutes, you do cool down. You can prepare for it mentally as much as you like, but it’s the fact that it does affect you physically when you take a break that long, well, multiple times during the match.”
“It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match. I’m not saying I necessarily win that match for sure but it had influence on what was happening after those breaks.”
“I think he’s a brilliant player. I think he’s great for the game,” Murray continued.
“But I have zero time for that stuff at all, and I lost respect for him.
“If everyone else feels like that’s totally cool and there’s no issue with it, then maybe I’m the one being unreasonable. But I think it’s nonsense.
“And he knows it, as well. He knows. The other players know. The fact that I was talking to my team about it before the match, we knew it was coming.”