Andy Murray

Sports sometimes involves discussion of bathroom breaks (or nonbreaks), but that isn’t always tied to an on-field (or -ice, or -court) outcome. In tennis, though, that’s absolutely the case; limits on in-match coaching mean that the amount of time players can take for bathroom breaks is often heavily scrutinized, with long breaks leading to suggestions that those are being used for banned coaching . And the latest case of that came during the Andy Murray-Stefanos Tsitsipas U.S. Open first-round match Monday, where Murray (seen above during the match) took strong exception to how long Tsitsipas’ second bathroom break (at the start of the fifth set) took. Here’s more on that from Ben Rothenberg of No Challenges Remaining/Racquet:

In the end, Tsitsipas won, and Murray wasn’t happy:

That last one is rather Roy Kent-ish:

Roy Kent with the "little bitch" line.

On one level here, Murray absolutely has a point. In a sport with strict regulations against players receiving coaching during a match, this certainly seems like it might be an attempt to flout that. (That, or Tsitsipas ate something that strongly disagreed with him.) But, as Rothenberg notes here, the larger issue would seem to be players’ ability to take a phone with them to the bathroom; if that wasn’t permitted, there probably wouldn’t be as many examinations of how much time they could or should spend in the bathroom. At any rate, the current rules led to a funny situation with one player discussing his own bathroom habits in an attempt to prove something against his opponent.

[Ben Rothenberg on Twitter; photo from Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.