Three-time Grand Slam champion and 2009 US Open winner Andy Murray lost 5-7 6-2 4-6 4-6 to Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the US Open 2018. The former World No.1, who was making his return to the tournament having missed the 2017 edition due to injury, had won in the first round, but was beaten comfortably on Wednesday.
Murray had missed much of the tennis action since Wimbledon 2017, and this year's edition at Flushing Meadows marked his comeback to Grand Slam. Upon his return, he received tough competition from James Duckworth. The match was a four-setter, which the Brit won 6-7 6-3 7-5 6-3. But Murray's luck ran out in the second round against Verdasco.
Against the former French Open finalist, Murray was edged out 5-7 in a closely fought first set. He then showed glimpses of his form which made him the World No.1, winning the second set 6-2 in a comfortable fashion. Though, it proved to be a false alarm, as the Brit lost the third and fourth set 4-6 each, which ended his short stay in US.
The very same day Murray made his exit from the tournament, his former rival and present World No.1 Rafael Nadal made a swift progress to the third round. The Spaniard, who is looking to defend his title, won his second round tie 6-3 6-4 6-2 against Canada's Vasek Pospisil. The 17-time Grand Slam champion had won his first round tie after fellow Spaniard David Ferrer retired, when the match was 6-3 3-4, due to a calf injury.
While there has been a lot of action going on court in men's tennis, controversy struck the women's tennis on Tuesday. World No.31 Alize Cornet, for a brief moment, removed her t-shirt, before putting it back on during her first round match against Sweden's Johanna Larsson. The Frenchwomen had worn her t-shirt wrongly following a break. Upon realizing, she corrected her mistake, during which for a few seconds, her sports bra was exposed.
Her act did not go down well with the match official, who charged the player with a code violation. According to the rule book of WTA, a women's player is not allowed to change her clothing on the court. Though, the same does not apply for Men's tennis, where players are regularly seen removing their t-shirt, either to change, or to celebrate.
Following the backlash received after this incident, the US Open have come out with an apology to the player. A statement released by them read, "All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair. This is not considered a Code Violation.
"We regret that a Code Violation was assessed to Ms. Cornet yesterday. We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward. Fortunately, she was only assessed a warning with no further penalty or fine. Female players, if they choose, may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance."