Casper Ruud is the biggest name left at the Montreal Masters but the world number 7 has landed in hot water.
The thrilling clash took more than three hours to complete, but at the end of the first set, Rudd took a bathroom break after losing in tiebreaks.
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However, instead of using the facilities, the Norwegian only wanted to change clothes.
But when he returned, referee Fergus Murphy told Rudd he had broken the rules by not going to the toilet.
While it was only a warning, it was a surprising turn of events as Roode tried to get his head around the referee’s instructions.
rud: “What, but I used it to change my clothes?”
Murphy: “You have to go to the bathroom too. That’s the rule.”
rudBut what if I need to change my underwear? Do it on the court? “
Murphy: “No, no, you can do both. It’s called a bathroom break.”
rud: “But what if I need to change clothes?”
Murphy: “Yes, I know that person, but the rule is covered by the bathroom violation rule. You can change your clothes, but when you say you’re going to the bathroom, you have to go to the bathroom.
rud“But I didn’t say I was going to the bathroom, I said I was going to change.”
Murphy“No, I heard.”
rud“My socks, my underwear, my pants, my t-shirt.”
Murphy“This is covered by the bathroom break rule.”
rud“Okay, next time I take it, I’m going to go to the bathroom.”
Murphy: : You have to go to the bathroom, that’s your business. But if you don’t go, I have to warn you not to go, that’s why I’m explaining.”
rud“So what’s like a $3000 fine or something?”
Murphy“I have no idea about that.”
Murphy then gave Rudd an official warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The ATP rulebook states that “unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as an offense committed by a player that is detrimental or prejudicial to the success of the tournament.”
Penalties generally go hand in hand with code violations, and with the unsportsmanlike conduct violation “fining the player up to $20,000 for each violation” — though not the full $20k.
The commentators were laughing at the situation.
“It seems a little funny to go into the toilet and pretend,” said one.
The fans, who were amazed by what they saw, did not miss the amazing scenes.
However, other players pointed out that it was a 10-minute break when they were allowed “three minutes maximum after going to the bathroom” and “two minutes to change clothes in addition to the three-minute bathroom break.”
In Rudd’s defense, the court was some way from the locker room.
Rudd, who has won three titles so far this season, is the highest seed left in the tournament.
After halftime and a caution, Rudd converted to take the second game in another tense final.
But in the deciding set, both had to head to the locker rooms after a 69-minute stoppage time as the Thunder broke through at 1-0 with Bautista Agut in the third.
He said the time in the locker room was the perfect defense for a game that was a little lax against the Spaniard.
“Thank the weather gods,” he said. “It was a tough battle, the first two sets, two hours and 20 minutes of good intensity.
But I was feeling a little in my legs, it was hard to get my strength back. The rain gave me time to breathe and regain some energy.
Rudd ended a long afternoon with his fourth match point, finishing with 54 winners and 39 unforced errors.
“I’m still alive, there’s another match tomorrow and I’ll try to survive it,” said seventh-seeded Rudd, the top target remaining after Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsippas were eliminated in the second round. .
He will play Canadian sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliasime, who dispatched Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-4.