Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray got here from two units right down to beat dwelling hope Thanasi Kokkinakis, advancing to the third spherical of the Australian Open on Thursday. Murray prevailed 4-6, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 7-5 in match which ended at 4:05 am native time. Nevertheless, one other controversy erupted after Murray gained the fourth set and compelled the sport right into a deciding fifth set. Murray, who had already used all of his lavatory allocations, wasn’t allowed to depart the court docket to alleviate himself. Nevertheless, he was seemingly not pleased on being denied one other lavatory break, and fumed on the chair umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore.
He additionally stated that the Australian Open guidelines are “disrespectful” and a “joke”.
“Do you know something? I respect the rules. But it’s a joke. It is a joke and you know it as well. It’s disrespectful. It’s so disrespectful to the players that the tournament has us out here until three, f****** four in the morning and we aren’t allowed to go to the toilet and take a piss. It’s a joke, it’s disrespectful,” he stated.
Asderaki-Moore, nonetheless, had nothing to say as she was seen nodding her head whereas the exhausted Briton was having a go.
“It’s a joke… It’s disrespectful!”
Andy Murray is livid for not being allowed a rest room break on the finish of the fourth set throughout his late-night encounter in opposition to Thanasi Kokkinakis… #AusOpen | @andy_murray pic.twitter.com/Q56CjltfFA
— Eurosport (@eurosport) January 19, 2023
After the previous world no. 1 referred to as the early hours conclusion “a bit of a farce”.
To which, Australian Open chief Craig Tiley insisted that there was “no need” to change scheduling on the match.
“I don’t know who it’s beneficial for. A match like that, we come here after the match, and that’s what the discussion is,” Murray stated after the 5 hours and 45 minutes spectacle, the longest of his profession.
The 35-year-old scripted the report of most comeback wins after trailing by two units, surpassing Roger Federer (10) within the record.
Murray will now tackle Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in third spherical tie on Saturday.
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