Andy Murray, once the top-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, decided on Tuesday, while stuck in London traffic, to publicly weigh in on the controversial series of events that ultimately led to his withdrawal from the Citi Open over the summer.
In an Instagram story, Murray responded to a question about whether he would return the D.C. tennis tournament. “Probably not after the tournament director rinsed me,” he wrote, adding a laughing emoji. (“Rinsed,” for those uninitiated, is a British slang that means defeating someone in an argument, according to the Oxford International English Schools.)
A week of non-stop rain during the summer tournament caused numerous delays and forced Murray to play several matches hours past midnight as a result. After his third-round match, which ended at 3 a.m., Murray told reporters that he would “potentially” not play his quarterfinal match that night.
City Paper and The Washington Post‘s Ava Wallace sat down with Citi Open tournament director Keely O’Brien the morning of Murray’s quarterfinal match, and O’Brien expressed her admiration for Murray, but also said she was “upset” by his comments and that Murray should factor in his position as a “global role model” before making his decision.
“I think and hope that Andy really takes into consideration this role in his sport and as a global role model to guys and girls on the tour and kids around the world that when things are difficult and tough and the conditions aren’t great that it’s not okay to just give up,” she said. “I hope we see him on court tonight fighting like he did last night, because that, I believe, is the right message for anyone in this sport.”
That night, around 6:30 p.m., Murray officially withdrew from the tournament, citing exhaustion. His Instagram story is his first public comment on the incident.
City Paper has reached out to O’Brien and will update this post if she responds.