Andy Murray gives more background on his ‘f****** rules’ rant
Andy Murray has given more detail about his broadside during his second-round US Open clash against Fernando Verdasco.
The three-time Grand Slam winner suffered a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 defeat on Wednesday evening, but things got a bit heated at the start of the fourth set.
The 10-minute heat rule was applied after the third set and both players went to the change rooms, but when they returned Murray had words with the chair umpire.
“He’s sitting there with his coach and his doubles partner. I had to tell them, because nobody knows the fucking rules.”
-Murray complaining to chair ump that Verdasco was getting coaching during the new 10 minute heat break. He had to tell the tour supervisor himself, he said.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 29, 2018
After the match Murray was asked about his comments and he offered the following explanation: “I went for a shower. He was having an ice bath.
“When I came out of the shower, his coach and his – I don’t know if he’s playing doubles with him, but one of the Spanish doubles players was in there chatting to him, and you’re not allowed to speak to your coach. I went and told the supervisor.
“I said, ‘What are you guys doing?’ I mean there are’s clear rules here and you’re allowing this to take place. I don’t get it.
“Then he ran through, Oh, you’re not allowed to speak.
“I checked the rules beforehand, and I spoke to my team. We were clear you don’t speak to your coaches whatever. They obviously weren’t in there for long, but you got to do better than that.
“This is one of the biggest events in the world. If you have rules like that, you need to stick with them because one player getting to speak to the coach and the other not is not fair.”
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