Tennis

Posted: September 08, 2016

Gong show: Strange noise unsettles Murray in U.S. Open quarterfinals

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Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK —

A bizarre noise during Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the U.S. Open led to Andy Murray’s downfall against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, as the No. 2 seed lost control of the match when a gong-like sound over the loudspeakers interrupted play. 

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Murray led two sets to one and had a break point in the third game of the fourth set, which would have given him a 2-1 lead. Murray seemed to be in control of the point when something that sounded like a loud gong rang from the speakers.

Umpire Marija Cicak immediately called a let and ordered the point replayed. Murray threw his hands up in disgust and immediately complained about the ruling.


Murray dropped the next three points to lose the game, and then brought up the call again with Cicak at the ensuing changeover, saying something similar had happened earlier and play had continued.

“Exactly the same thing,” Murray said. ''And I told you.''

He also spoke to a tournament supervisor about it, pleading his case and saying, “That's not fair.” 

Murray would lose the next seven games, including the final five games of the fourth set. He would lose 7-5 in the fifth and deciding set.

“I could have won the match for sure,” Murray told The Associated Press.

U.S. Open officials later released a statement saying the sound was from a digital audio sound processor that malfunctioned. 

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