Andy Murray Criticizes ‘Bizarre’ Stefanos Tsitsipas Comment from Lacoste CEO
Andy Murray has called Lacoste CEO Guibert Thierry’s social media post ‘bizarre’ after he suggested that Stefanos Tsitsipas displayed ‘unfair behaviour’ at the ATP Finals.
The ATP Finals ‘Green Group’ concluded with Jannik Sinner and Novak Djokovic advancing to the semi-finals in Turin, but it wasn’t a straightforward process.
Djokovic defeated alternate Hubert Hurkacz in three sets, who replaced the injured Tsitsipas for the final match, and required Sinner to beat Holger Rune to qualify.
Sinner had a strong start, winning the first set 6-2, but the Dane leveled things up before narrowly losing the deciding set to the home favorite.
This confirmed that Lacoste brand ambassador Djokovic would qualify for the ATP Finals semi-finals for a 12th time, but brand CEO Thierry decided to take a jab at Tsitsipas after the news was confirmed.
“Hats off to @janniksin for his win tonight,” said Thierry. “Despite the unfair behavior of Tsitsipas, he showed to everyone why he is a future champ and an authentic guy.”
Former ATP Finals champion Murray took exception to this post on X (formerly Twitter) when responding this morning, “Bizarre post from a CEO of a sports brand. [Shrugged shoulders emoji] Getting injured is part of sport and isn’t ‘unfair behavior’. [Thumbs down emoji]”
Bizarre post from a CEO of a sports brand🤷♂️ getting injured is part of sport and isn’t ‘unfair behavior’ 👎 https://t.co/cUG2WYnLCH
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) November 17, 2023
The round-robin stages of the ATP Finals will be completed later today with the ‘Red Group’, with Daniil Medvedev already qualified and the final spot going to either Carlos Alcaraz or Alexander Zverev.
Then on Saturday, the winner of the ‘Red Group’ will play Djokovic and the runner-up will play Sinner, as the knockout stages begin.
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As Murray already said, it was a bizarre social media post for the Lacoste CEO to make, especially after his player had actually qualified for the semi-finals. The implication that Thierry appears to be making is that Tsitsipas was already injured before the ATP Finals, and therefore Sinner and Rune had an easier opponent than Djokovic, who had to beat a fully fit and in-form Hurkacz.
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