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- Andy Murray is in utter disbelief that “nobody knows the f—— rules” at the US Open.
- The British tennis player made a foul-mouthed complaint to the chair umpire at the end of the third set of his second-round match against Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday, which Murray lost.
- US Open competitors have been getting 10-minute breaks, as New York City is gripped by a heat wave.
- But Murray claims he saw Verdasco talking to his coach during the break – something that is against the rules of the game.
- Verdasco has denied that claim but stopped short of calling Murray a liar.
Andy Murray fumed that “nobody knows the f—— rules” midway through his second-round US Open loss to the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday.
The British tennis player, competing in his first tennis major in 14 months, lost three sets to one against an athlete ranked 32nd in the world by the ATP – but felt aggrieved when he apparently witnessed Verdasco talking to his coach midway through their match.
The early defeat was newsworthy in and of itself, as there were moments in the match where Murray played good tennis, but the 31-year-old made headlines when he seemed to accuse his opponent of not knowing the laws of the game.
It all began at the end of the third set, when Murray and Verdasco were permitted a 10-minute break as a respite from the sweltering heat – New York has been sweating through temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 38 Celsius, this week.
But Murray did not like what he says he saw backstage, claiming Verdasco was talking to his coach.
Ben Rothenberg, a prominent freelance tennis journalist for The New York Times, said in a tweet that Murray lodged a complaint to the chair umpire, saying: “He’s sitting there with his coach and his doubles partner. I had to tell them, because nobody knows the f—— rules.”
"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
“When I came out of the shower, his coach and 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,” Murray said, according to the BBC.
“I’m not blaming Fernando and his team. They probably weren’t aware that that was the rules. They certainly weren’t trying to break any rules. It shouldn’t be for the player that’s competing against him to have to go to the supervisor.”
Verdasco stopped short of accusing Murray of lying. “I was in the ice bath with Marcos Baghdatis and his coach,” he said. “I don’t want to say that Andy lied, but I didn’t talk one word with my coach or any one member of my team.
“I know exactly the rule, and I don’t want to be the one breaking it,” Verdasco added.
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With Murray out of the US Open, Verdasco is the one to progress to Friday’s Round of 32 clash against Juan Martín del Potro, the Argentine ranked No. 3 in the world.