Casper Ruud suffered one of the most bizarre code violations in modern tennis history after he was judged to have not actually used the toilet during a bathroom break.
Rudd was in a fight against Roberto Bautista Agut at the Canadian Open on Thursday when he took a bathroom break at the end of the second set.
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While bathroom breaks are perfectly legal, Rudd had the law broken by the chair rule when he returned to court.
Umpire Fergus Murphy explained to Rod that because he didn’t actually go to the toilet during the break, he was violating the rules.
The Norwegian took the break to change his clothes due to the freezing temperatures in Montreal, but he never used the toilet.
“You have to go to the bathroom, too,” Murphy told Rudd. “That’s the rule.”
“If I need to change my underwear, what should I do? Do I do it in court?” Rudd asked.
“The base is covered by the bathroom break,” Murphy said. “You can change your clothes but you have to go to the bathroom when you say you’re going to the bathroom.
“When you don’t go, I have to warn you not to go, and that’s why I explain it.”
Rudd didn’t seem to understand why he had been breaking the law, but his protests fell on deaf ears.
He is also likely to receive a fine, which is a standard procedure after breaking the law.
Tennis fans and commentators were also stunned by the unusual sightings.
The rules around bathroom breaks have been tightened this year on the ATP Tour following a number of controversial incidents in recent years.
Andy Murray famously said he lost all respect For Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek took a number of long bathroom breaks while facing off at the US Open in 2021.
Players have long been accused of using bathroom breaks to break opponents’ momentum, with Novak Djokovic admits it exactly At Wimbledon this year.
Casper Rudd defeats Roberto Bautista Agut
Rudd managed to advance to the US Open quarter-finals, defeating Bautista Agut 6-7 (4) 7-6 (4) 6-4.
Roode is the top seed remaining (fourth) in the singles tie behind him World No. 1 Daniil MedvedevAnd Carlos Alcaraz No. 2 and No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, they all pulled out on Wednesday.
Ruud held off Bautista Agut after a mid-afternoon thunderstorm delayed play by just over an hour.
It was a tough fight. The first two sets lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes.”
“Good intensity and I could feel it a bit in my legs. Luckily there was some rain, which gave me some time to breathe and regain some energy.
“I can thank the weather gods today, giving me more time and energy.”
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime will also advance to the quarter-finals after his 6-3 6-4 victory over Britain’s Cameron Norrie.
The sixth seed from Montreal broke Nouri late in the second set before serving out for the win.
Ninth-seeded Nouri beat the Canadian in the semi-finals last week in Los Cabos, Mexico. This was his first win over Auger-Aliassime in five attempts on the ATP Tour.
With the Associated Press
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