Stefanos Tsitsipas says he ‘broke no rules’ after Andy Murray accused him of ‘cheating’ at the US Open.
The pair put on a superb display in a five-hour classic on Arthur Ashe, with Tsitsipas just shading it in the end and moving into the second round.
Tsitsipas angered Murray during the match, though, taking two lengthy comfort breaks, which he told his box amounted to ‘cheating.’
However, Tsitsipas rejected those accusations after the match, although not with a great deal of conviction.
“I don’t think I broke any rules,” Tsitsipas said after the match. “I played by the guidelines, how everything is.”
That is unlikely to convince Murray, who believes the rules were abused and that goes against the spirit of honest competition.
Explaining his viewpoint after the match, Murray told reporters: “It’s not so much leaving the court, it’s the amount of time.
“It can’t be coincidence that it’s happening at those [key] moments.”
Of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Murray added. “I think he’s a brilliant player.
“I think he’s great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff at all, and I lost respect for him.”
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