Andy Murray blames chair umpire's blatant fault for Rome crowd turning against him

Murray suffered a three-set defeat to Fabio Fognini in the Rome first round.

by Dzevad Mesic
Andy Murray blames chair umpire's blatant fault for Rome crowd turning against him

Andy Murray suggested chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani's fault was to blame for the Rome crowd turning against him during a match against Fabio Fognini. In the eighth game of the first set, Fognini's ball seemingly went out but Lahyani called it in.

TV's Hawkeye showed Fognini's ball was out but Lahyani didn't change his decision. Murray wasn't happy with Lahyani's decision and that's when the Italian crowd completely turned against the Briton. "How can you see that ball from there being in? How is it possible? You can see the clay is still there.

You can see the ball mark. You know you've got that wrong," Murray asked Lahyani. Later in the comment section of Tennis TV on Instagram, Murray commented: "Stadium full of Italians booing and whistling, thinking I'm trying to cheat Fabio out of point all because Mo [Mohamed Lahyani] couldn't read a mark properly.

Cheers mate."

Murray ended up losing to Fognini in three sets

In the end, home favorite Fognini defeated Murray in three sets 6-4 4-6 6-4. After the loss, Murray confirmed he was unsure if he would compete at the French Open.

In recent weeks, Murray said several times he would like to play at Roland Garros at least one more time before retiring. “I’d still like to play but we did agree that we’d talk and make a decision as a team after Rome.

That is what I wanted, to see how my game felt, how I was playing, and physically how I was doing in some of the longer matches before making a definitive call on it. We’ll have those discussions in the next few days," Murray said after losing to Fognini.

Since 2017, Murray has made just one appearance at the French Open. Since suffering a major hip injury and undergoing two hip surgeries, Murray hasn't played that much on clay. It remains to be seen if Murray will make his French Open return this year.

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