Reilly Opelka defends Stefanos Tsitsipas following US Open controversy

Tsitsipas found himself in an uncomfortable situation following his US Open first round match versus Andy Murray.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Reilly Opelka defends Stefanos Tsitsipas following US Open controversy

World No. 24 Reilly Opelka has come to the defence of third-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas left the court for seven minutes after the fourth set of his first round match and Andy Murray was absolutely irate that the Greek took such a lengthy bathroom break.

When Tsitsipas returned, he broke Murray in the opening game of the fifth set and ended up claiming a 2-6 7-6 (7) 3-6 6-3 6-4 win. At the Cincinnati Masters, Tsitsipas did the same against Alexander Zverev and the German accused him of leaving the court with his phone and texting his coach.

"You know, I don't know Tsitsipas. I don't know his situation. I doubt he's getting coached. I highly doubt it. Today, you know, I couldn't even take my bag in to change. I'm like, 'Guys, my clothes and shoes are in there' You can come stand in here with me if you want.

I don't like being coached on court, that stance. I don't think he would have on-court coaching at all, but I strictly go to change because it's humid," Opelka said, per Tennis Panorama News. "If people don't understand that, then clearly they have never spent a day in the life of a professional athlete or come close to it."

Murray lost his respect for Tsitsipas

"But, yeah, it can't be coincidence that it's happening at those moments.

I don't believe it was causing him any issue at all. The match went on for another two and a bit hours after that or something. He was fine, moving great I thought," Murray said in his post-match press conference. "Yeah, it's just disappointing because I thought 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 two breaks. "I rate him a lot. I think he is a brilliant player. I think he is great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff all, and I lost respect for him."

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